Breezy with late showers and storms

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Afternoon and evening showers and storms will move through the Finger Lakes before temperatures spike again this weekend. [Photo by Nanci McCraine]

Thursday Rumbles

An area of low pressure will lift northeast through the Great Lakes today, bringing some breezy, stormy conditions to the Finger Lakes.

Much of the region is cloudy this morning, but some areas of sun exist as well. Generally speaking, today will be more cloudy than not.

Rain should hold off until later in the afternoon, though. Several rounds of rain and thunder will make their way through the region, starting in the late afternoon and continuing into the evening.

During the late afternoon and early evening, thunderstorms will have a small chance for some gusty winds and frequent lightning. This will especially be the case along and north of I-90. This is also where the most rain will likely fall today and tonight.

Before the rain arrives, breezy south winds will blow at 10-15 mph throughout the day. Gusts will approach or exceed 30 mph at times.

With the clouds and afternoon rain, high temperatures will mostly be within a few degrees on either side of 80 degrees.

Rain showers will continue into the overnight and for the first part of Friday morning. The chances for thunderstorms will decrease after midnight.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast thursday july 16 2020
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Heating Up

Clouds will eventually give way to some sunshine on Friday behind the morning showers. There will be a pronounced lack of cool air behind today’s system, so highs on Friday should be back into the low and mid 80s.

The weekend continues to look hot and mostly dry.

Saturday will be a sunny, quiet day with highs near or just above 90 degrees for much of the region.

Even hotter temperatures are expected on Sunday with widespread mid 90s and possibly a few upper 90s. A thunderstorm late in the afternoon cannot be totally ruled out as a subtle cold front approaches.

The chances for rain will tick up slightly Sunday night and into early Monday. Many areas will see little to no rainfall, though.

Temperatures will retreat to the mid and upper 80s for Monday, but could very well be back into the 90s for the middle of next week. The heat should then pull back again toward next weekend, but with no major pattern change, it is highly unlikely to be our last run of 90 degree weather.

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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.