Warm, not hot week ahead

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Last night’s cold front has pushed the 90s out of the region, but it will still be a warm week with daily highs in the 80s. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Classic Summer Weather

A cold front moved through the region last night, following the severe thunderstorms earlier in the day.

Behind this front, temperatures will remain warm, but the high heat will be cut off from our region.

Clouds behind the front will continue to gradually diminish this morning. The afternoon will have more sunshine, but fair-weather clouds will continue to be present as well. No rain is expected.

Highs will mostly be in the mid 80s today. High elevations may stick to the low 80s, while some urban areas and Southern Tier valleys could reach the upper 80s.

Humidity levels will be less today and a fresh west-northwest breeze will blow at around 10 mph.

Skies should be mostly clear this evening, allowing for a glimpse of Comet Neowise. Some thin clouds will work in overnight with lows dropping into the low 60s.

Tuesday will be a comfortable summer day with highs in the low 80s. Parts of the Southern Tier may reach the mid 80s.

Skies should be more sunny than cloudy and no rain is expected.

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This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Midweek Rain Chances

Our next storm system will rumble into the region on Wednesday.

Showers and thunderstorms will be possible throughout the day. These storms will have support from the wind fields aloft, so the potential for stronger storms will need to be monitored.

The Storm Prediction Center has our region in its lowest classification of severe potential for Wednesday, but states that higher severe risks will likely be needed somewhere in the Northeast, but uncertainty is too high.

I agree completely with that statement. How Wednesday morning evolves with cloud cover and showers will influence the storms in the afternoon. My early feeling, however, is that the strongest storms may stay to our east. Stay tuned.

Behind that system, a few more showers and storms will be possible Thursday with a couple lingering morning showers Friday.

High temperatures Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will likely stick in the low 80s.

Unsettled weather may continue into the weekend with a few pop-up showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will start to inch up as well with mid and upper 80s returning.

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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.