Getting warmer while staying mostly dry

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Temperatures will continue to climb with widespread 60s today and 70s tomorrow. A cooler, unsettled pattern will eventually build in next week. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

End of Week Weather

Skies will become increasingly sunny today as warm air continues to push into the region.

A small pulse of atmospheric energy moved through last night with clouds and a few spotty showers. That area of disturbed weather is quickly moving off to the southeast.

After some clouds this early this morning, sunshine will increase before noon. Much of the afternoon will then turn out sunny with just a few thin clouds building in late. No additional precipitation is expected.

Winds today will be just a whisper of a breeze from the east. The lack of wind and any cooler air will allow the sunshine to reach its full warming potential today. Highs should be well into the 60s with almost all areas getting above 65 degrees.

Skies will be mostly clear tonight with calm winds. Low temperatures will drop back into the 40s. Typically cooler areas will see the low 40s, while typically warmer areas will stick closer to the mid 40s.

Temperatures will quickly rise Thursday as bright, sun-filled skies are aided by an increasing south wind. Widespread 70s are likely, and a few areas near and around Rochester could even flirt with 80 degrees. Most areas will be in the low and mid 70s.

Clear skies will persist into the first part of the night, but then clouds will push in from the southwest. By dawn Friday, temperatures will generally be in the low 50s or upper 40s.

A band of scattered showers will push through Friday morning with light rain amounts. Some areas may not even see any rain. Temperatures will then depend on how much sunshine works out for the afternoon. With winds still from the south, even cloudy areas should still manage the 60s. With a few hours of afternoon sun, 70s will be possible again.

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

Weekend Weather & Beyond

Unsettled weather conditions will continue to build in this weekend and into next week.

Saturday currently looks dry, but clouds will probably be more plentiful than sunshine. Some of the clouds may be thin enough to allow some sunshine to penetrate the overcast, though.

Steady south winds will keep our supply of warm air fresh, though, and highs may break into the 70s once again, even with the limited sunshine.

A better chance for rain will come on Sunday as another band of precipitation spirals in from the southwest. Unlike Friday’s rain, Sunday’s rain is expected to be more widespread and should last a few hours. A rumble of thunder cannot be totally ruled out.

Most of the rain will fall during the morning hours, leaving the afternoon dry with a few breaks of sun. If this happens, temperatures should be able to jump into the 60s. If the rain is slower and sticks around into the afternoon, expect highs in the 50s.

On and off showers are likely Monday and Tuesday next week. None of the rain looks overly heavy, and there will be dry periods mixed in between increased chances for showers. Skies should remain mostly cloudy.

Wind directions early next week generally look easterly, which would cut us off from the warmer air to the south. With the clouds and showers, highs should settle in the 50s.

A generally unsettled and cooler pattern should persist through next week and possibly into the week thereafter. While not impossible, highs are mostly not expected to reach the 60s, instead favoring the 50s and even 40s.

There appear to be plenty of chances for rain in the coming weeks, but it is too early to say when or how much may fall.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast wednesday april 7 2021
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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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 and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.

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