Still sunny and still getting warmer

finger lakes weather forecast wednesday june 17 2020
Today will be another sunny, warm, and dry day. Pop-up showers and storms will start to be possible on Friday. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

More of the Same

Temperatures will continue to rise and skies will stay sunny with high pressure remaining in control of our weather.

Expect temperatures to add a few more degrees today as 80s become widespread throughout the region. The warmest locations, along and near I-90, should be near or above 85 degrees today. Low and mid 80s will be commonplace elsewhere.

Humidity levels will start to creep up, but this will remain unnoticeable with dewpoints still very low in the 50s.

Like the last few days, clouds will be few and far between, though there may be a few more thin cirrus type clouds versus Monday and Tuesday.

Thursday will be more of the same, though enough humidity will start to move in to be a bit noticeable and the first very small, very isolated afternoon showers and storms will enter the picture.

These will mostly pop up over the Southern Tier, if they manage to develop at all. Regardless, the chances of seeing rain tomorrow, even in the Southern Tier, is extremely low.

Temperatures will push 90 degrees along I-90 with mid and upper 80s for the rest of the region. Dewpoints will rise through the 50s into the low 60s late in the afternoon.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast wednesday june 17 2020
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Rain Chances Increase

There will be little difference in the day-to-day weather Friday through at least Sunday.

Mornings will be mild, sunny, and dry with temperatures quickly rising from morning lows in the 60s. Afternoon highs will settle in the 80s, though a few places hitting 90 will continue to be possible.

Dewpoints will be in the low and mid 60s, which may be noticeable to some, but will not be oppressively humid.

During the afternoon hours, scattered thunderstorms will pop up, rumble around for a few hours, then dissipate as the daytime heating gets lost.

Organized severe weather is not expected, but these types of set ups do occasionally yield some isolated small hail or wind damage.

Rainfall will be feast-or-famine, with some areas seeing very beneficial rain while nearby locations totally miss out. Since the thunderstorms will be scattered and topographical influences will be at work, I suspect some locations will be missed by rain every single day.

There will be a better chance for widespread, organized rain and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday, though the details on how much rain will fall are still uncertain. Overall, the rain chances over the weekend and into early next week are unlikely to solve the rainfall deficits over a widespread part of the region, though a few isolated locations will probably benefit greatly.

Temperatures should remain close to average, generally between 75-85 degrees, next week.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.). Drew and his wife have four young boys. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.