Weather back to normal behind Isaias

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The Finger Lakes will enjoy sunshine and average temperatures before some showers and storms move in for Friday. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Abundant Sunshine

High pressure from the middle of the nation is nosing its way into the Finger Lakes this morning as the remains of Isaias spin over eastern Canada.

While a few patches of cloud and a couple isolated showers have been in the Finger Lakes early this morning, the high will come to dominate our weather the next two days.

Increasing amounts of sunshine this morning will mix with some fair weather and thin clouds this afternoon. There should be plenty of sunshine, and while another stray shower cannot be ruled out, almost everywhere should stay dry.

Winds will be a touch breezy given our position between Isaias and the high. These winds will generally be from the west at 7-12 mph with gusts over 20 mph. Winds will be on the upper end of the range over the northern half of the region and the low end of the range to the south.

Temperatures will end up just a couple degrees shy of the average high today, with most areas in the mid 70s. Higher elevations in Central New York and the western Southern Tier will stick to the low 70s.

Skies will clear tonight and temperatures will drop into the 50s region-wide. Areas of river valley fog will be possible in the usual locations, mostly in the Southern Tier.

Thursday will have bright, sun-filled skies from start to finish with just a few thin clouds from time to time.

High temperatures will add a couple degrees, reaching the mid and upper 70s. Winds will be nearly calm.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast wednesday august 5 2020
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Weekend Weather and Beyond

Late Thursday into Friday, a dip in the jet stream will move through the Great Lakes. This will trigger a weak disturbance over the Mid-Atlantic, which will travel northeast into New England.

This feature has been trending further north and may bring some scattered showers and storms to our area.

A few of these showers may arrive as early as dawn Friday, but the best chance for scattered showers and storms will be Friday afternoon. This does not look like a favorable set up for severe weather, but if there are some slow moving downpours across the eastern Finger Lakes, minor flooding could be a concern.

A few showers will also linger into Saturday, but these should be lighter and more scattered than Friday.

High temperatures both Friday and Saturday will stick in the mid and upper 70s. Saturday has the better chance of the two days at seeing widespread upper 70s.

Generally dry weather is expected on Sunday with temperatures making it back into the 80s for most. Temperatures should remain in the 80s throughout next week.

There will be some chances for rain next week as well. These will probably end up similar to Friday-Saturday with weak systems producing scattered showers. As such, determining the best chances for rain this far out is highly uncertain.

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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.