Comfortable Tuesday, then warming up

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday july 14 2020 comfortable temperatures turning hot
Highs today will be in the 70s to near 80, but starting tomorrow, heat and humidity will start working back into the region. [Photo by Helen Heizyk]

Maybe a Shower

Low pressure from the weekend remains parked over the New England coast, keeping our weather comfortable.

The chances for rain today will be less than yesterday thanks to a small high pressure building in from the Ohio Valley. The further east, the better the chances for a brief shower today. Most areas will probably stay dry.

Areas of clouds will drift through the region this morning, followed by the daily development of puffy cumulus clouds. During the late morning and early afternoon, it may become more cloudy than sunny.

However, skies will start to clear up for the latter part of the afternoon as the high continues to nose in.

High temperatures will range from the mid 70s in higher elevations to around 80 degrees from Rochester to Syracuse to Penn Yan.

Northwest winds will blow at 5-10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

Tonight should be mostly clear with a few thin cirrus clouds at times. Temperatures will back through the 60s with 50s throughout the southern half of the region.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday july 14 2020
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Warming Up

High pressure will pass through the area tomorrow morning and into New England for the afternoon.

Wednesday’s winds will be very light, but from the south as warmer air starts to make its way back into our region.

With mostly sunny skies, temperatures will top out in the mid 80s throughout the Finger Lakes, with just a few higher elevations, mostly in Central New York, sticking in the low 80s.

Mid 80s are also likely on both Thursday and Friday, though both days have some uncertainty. Thunderstorm complexes over the Midwest today and tomorrow may trigger some activity here Thursday into Friday.

Our rain and thunderstorm chances should become more clear in the next 24-48 hours. Overall, though, neither day is looking like a washout, and even widespread rain may be too much to ask for.

The weekend will see our temperatures peak with 90s possible once again Saturday and Sunday. Of the two days, Sunday looks a little hotter with more areas seeing a chance at highs in the mid 90s.

The heat may linger into early next week, but that will partly depend on whether or not thunderstorms begin to enter the forecast.

Looking longer, chances remain high that temperatures will continue to run above normal, so more surges of 90 degree heat can probably be expected throughout the second half of July and possibly into August.

Precipitation during this same period is favored to be slightly above normal as well, though long range precipitation forecasts are very low confidence.

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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.