Cooler but still mild behind cold front

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A pleasant day will unfold behind last night’s cold front with thunderstorm chances increasing Thursday-Saturday. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Near Average Weather

Following the passage of a cold front last night, the weather in the Finger Lakes will be less hot and humid for a few days.

A fresh breeze will blow today, bringing dry, cooler air in from the west. The wind will start from the southwest but will end up in the northwest later today. Wind speeds of 10-15 mph and gusts up to 30 mph are expected.

Skies will be a classic summertime mix of sun and fair-weather clouds. One or two stray, small showers may pop up this afternoon near Lake Ontario, but almost all the Finger Lakes should remain dry.

Temperatures will be right on the daily averages today, topping out in the mid and upper 70s. Dewpoints will be lower as well, with a noticeable drop in humidity.

Skies will clear tonight and temperatures will fall back into the 50s. Areas north of I-90 will stick in the upper 50s, while some areas of the western Southern Tier could see the low 50s.

A small disturbance will pass through the region on Thursday, triggering a round or two of thunderstorms. These storms will not be overly strong or long-lasting and will be most likely after 2 PM.

Otherwise, Thursday will turn out partly cloudy with highs between 75-80 degrees.

Friday will add a couple degrees back to the highs with fewer mid 70s and more low 80s. A few more pop-up thunderstorms will be possible, but fewer areas should see rain than on Thursday.

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Stormy Weekend?

The main focus over the coming days will be how Saturday’s weather unfolds.

A cold front will move into the region, triggering an increase in temperatures and humidity ahead of the front and showers and thunderstorms with the frontal passage.

Timing will be a major factor in the weather. An earlier frontal passage would mean fewer thunderstorms, while a late afternoon front could mean widespread strong thunderstorms. A later frontal passage would also increase the chances for significant rainfall.

How quickly the front moves on will also impact Sunday’s weather. At the least, some clouds and a few morning showers will be possible. A slower system would mean more clouds and showers later into the day.

Temperatures both days will depend on the amounts of sunshine, but 80s are likely on Saturday with 70s more likely Sunday.

Early next week looks like it will stay close to the seasonal averages with highs in the 70s. A few more chances for rain will be possible, but these chances will likely be small and rain amounts low.

Warmer weather looks increasingly possible as we transition into July during the second half of 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.