Quieter, less humid Friday before weekend warmup

finger lakes weather forecast friday july 24 2020 sun less humid weekend weather
Friday will offer a brief break in the humidity before muggy, hot conditions build back into the region over the weekend. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

High Pressure Builds In

An area of high pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring increasing sunshine and decreasing humidity today.

Clouds and areas of fog this morning will burn off as the dry air continues to push into our region. By the mid and late morning, sunshine should spread throughout the region. Some areas are already into the sunny skies.

Fair-weather clouds will bubble up for the afternoon, but no precipitation is expected.

Most areas will get into the 80s today, but I do not expect anywhere to get to 85 degrees. A few higher elevations may end up just shy of 80.

With the incoming high pressure, winds will be nearly calm today. What little breeze there is will come from the north.

Mostly clear skies and low humidity tonight will provide an opportunity to view Comet Neowise. With cloudier nights ahead and the comet beginning to fade, this may be the last, best chance to see the comet.

River valley fog will develop in the usual areas overnight and persist into early Saturday morning. Low temperatures overnight will be in the low and mid 60s.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast friday july 24 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 continue to dominate our weather for Saturday.

Sunny skies, calm winds, and tolerable humidity levels will all continue. Temperatures will gain a few degrees with mid 80s becoming common.

As the fair-weather clouds develop Saturday afternoon, there may be a small chance for a pop-up shower. This will mostly be the case in the Elmira-Ithaca-Binghamton region. Most, if not all areas will stay dry.

Winds will become southwesterly and increase Saturday night. This will allow warmer, more humid air to begin infiltrating northward.

Thin clouds will develop as early as Saturday evening as a result. These clouds will remain in place through the night and for most of Sunday.

The clouds should be thin enough to allow filtered sunshine through, but will likely prevent Comet Neowise from being visible either Saturday or Sunday night.

Nonetheless, Sunday’s winds of 7-12 mph will give temperatures the boost they need to overcome the limited sunshine. Look for highs to be near or just above 90 degrees.

The cold front that was originally expected Sunday night, and then Monday, continues to be further delayed on the models.

As a result, Monday now looks mostly dry and equally hot as Sunday.

Current projections have the frontal passage Monday night with a limited amount of precipitation. However, this will probably change more over the weekend. Stay tuned.

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  1. Valerie

    I’m already done with this summer weather. I hope that August brings cooler temps but more frequent rains.