Quiet weather through Labor Day Weekend

finger lakes weather forecast thursday september 3 2020 sun clouds dry cool
Partial sunshine is expected today with a sunny Labor Day weekend ahead. Temperatures will be a bit on the cooler side behind a front tonight. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Temperatures Falling

The weather for the next several days will be quiet in the Finger Lakes, though we will have to wait for Friday to get some full sunshine.

A small disturbance will pass just southeast of the region today. Some clouds associated with this system will drift through the region, especially this morning and into the early afternoon. The clouds will probably not block the sun completely, except perhaps for a time in the southeastern portion of the region.

A brief shower cannot be ruled out in those areas either, mostly east of a Corning-Ithaca-Cortland line. Any rain that manages to fall will be brief and very light, but most if not all the area will end up dry.

The clouds will counteract 5-10 mph south winds, keeping temperatures mostly in the mid and upper 70s. The best chance for 80 degrees will be in and Monroe and Wayne counties.

A front will drop southeast across the area tonight with an isolated shower or two around midnight. Temperatures will stick in the mid 60s this evening but will fall to the upper 50s to near 60 behind the front.

A few clouds may linger early Friday, but an overall sunny day is ahead. Northwest winds will be blustery, especially near Lake Ontario. Highs will be in the low 70s for most, though a few higher elevations may not escape the 60s.

Overnight, temperatures will fall well into the 50s with a few pockets of upper 40s in the deeper valleys of the Southern Tier.

Saturday and Sunday will follow the same pattern, though winds will be much lighter on Sunday. Highs both days should be in the low 70s.

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

Labor Day Warm-Up

Sunday night, winds will turn to the south and pick up again. By Monday, wind speeds will be 10-15 mph with gusts of 30-40 mph.

At least partial sunshine is expected on Monday, which will help the atmosphere respond to the south winds.

After morning lows in the upper 50s, afternoon highs should reach the low and mid 80s. The warmest temperatures will be from Geneva north and westward.

Temperatures will continue to increase on Tuesday with more sunshine. Mid 80s will become more widespread, but there is a chance for the Rochester area to push 90 degrees.

A front should approach on Wednesday, but temperatures will likely be plenty warm before the front moves through. The timing of the front will determine what, if any, rain we see.

Behind the front, temperatures should settle back into the lower 70s for next weekend and possibly beyond.

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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.