Labor Day Weekend starts cool, ends mild

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Cool, blustery conditions are expected for the next couple days before Labor Day kicks off a period of warmer weather. [Photo by Coni O’Shea]

Quiet Conditions Prevail

High pressure over the center of America will gradually drift eastward, keeping our weather quiet for the Labor Day Weekend.

Meanwhile, a large low pressure system is spinning across northeastern Canada. This system pushed a cold front through the area overnight.

West and northwest winds will develop today between these systems, delivering a shot of cool air for the next few days.

Wind speeds today will be around 10 mph with gusts around 25 mph. Winds will be a bit stronger near Lake Ontario, and a bit lighter in the southeastern corner of the region.

Skies will be a mix of sun and fair weather clouds, and no rain is expected. Look for high temperatures to reach the low and mid 70s with a few upper 60s in the higher elevations.

Mostly clear skies tonight will send temperatures well into the 50s with a few pockets of upper 40s.

Saturday will start sunny, but puffy cumulus clouds will quickly develop and may overtake most of the sky from the mid-morning well into the afternoon. This should keep highs at or a degree or two cooler than today.

Winds on Saturday will shift to the west-southwest with similar speeds to today. This time, the highest winds will be in the Genesee Valley and the higher elevations of Central New York, and the lowest winds will be in the lower elevations surrounding the lakes.

A subtle disturbance will pass through Saturday night, keeping skies at least partly cloudy and bringing a few widely scattered showers to a couple areas. Temperatures won’t be quite as cool as a result, with most areas around or just above 55 degrees.

Sunday’s winds will finally drop as they come lightly from the south and southeast. Fair-weather clouds will again develop but will focus mainly over higher elevations.

High temperatures should settle mostly in the low 70s, probably eclipsing Saturday’s highs by a degree or two.

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

Next Week’s Weather

Temperatures will start to make a jump upwards on Labor Day.

This will be the result of more blustery winds, this time from the south. Wind speeds of 10-15 mph with gusts to 40 mph are expected. With the winds roughly aligning with the long axis of the Finger Lakes, Labor Day will not be the best of days to get the boat out.

Beside the wind, Monday will be pleasant with sunshine mixing with some thin clouds. Highs will be warm, but not too hot, with highs mostly in the low 80s. Humidity levels will remain low with dewpoints in the 50s.

Gusty south winds continue Tuesday, though will probably not be quite as strong. Sun-filled skies should help temperatures into the mid and upper 80s with a shot at 90 degrees in Monroe and Wayne county.

Wednesday and Thursday are the days to watch for rain next week.

First, a low pressure system along the Mid-Atlantic coast will try to throw clouds and moisture toward our region on Wednesday. It is far too early to tell if either will make it this far north.

If it remains sunny and dry, temperatures should match Tuesday.

On Thursday, a strong cold front should move through. The timing of the front will determine what rain or thunderstorms we see. This will be something to watch over the coming days.

Behind the front, a cool, more unsettled pattern looks to take shape.

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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.