Weather stays tranquil, gets warmer heading into the weekend

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Near-average temperatures the next two days will be replaced by increasing heat and humidity through the weekend and into next week. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Near-Average Temperatures

High pressure will continue to reside overhead, keeping our weather tranquil and temperatures comfortable for the next two days.

Skies are clear across the Finger Lakes this morning, but fair-weather clouds will not take too long to develop once the mid and late morning hours arrive.

An area of thin clouds will also skirt across the eastern Finger Lakes as low pressure off the Atlantic coast lifts northward. These clouds may filter some of the sunshine at times but should not be too bothersome.

One or two small, brief, and light showers may be able to pop up this afternoon. The few rare areas that manage to see rain today may not even see enough to wet the pavement completely.

High temperatures will climb into the upper 70s to near 80 degrees for most areas. A few places will probably sneak into the low 80s, while a few higher elevations will stick to the mid 70s. This is right on the average for today, with an average high of 80 degrees in Ithaca and 79 in Geneva.

Skies will clear tonight and temperatures will fall back into the 50s. A few pockets of upper 40s, like this morning, will be possible. A few lake-shore areas could sit near 60.

Tomorrow will be more of the same, just without the extra thin clouds over the eastern Finger Lakes. Sun will mix with fair-weather clouds, one or two insignificant sprinkles may pop up, and highs will be in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees.

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

Warmer Weather

By Friday, high pressure will shift southeastward. Our winds will go from nearly calm and variable to lightly from the southwest.

This small shift will open our region up to warmer temperatures. Highs Friday will jump into the mid 80s for most and low 80s for higher elevations.

Otherwise, Friday will follow the pattern of the rest of the week with sunshine and fair weather clouds. No rain whatsoever, even an isolated sprinkle, is expected.

The chances for rain will increase Saturday and Sunday. However, neither day looks to have substantial precipitation and many areas will get through the weekend without rain. The scattered showers that do pop up generally look light and brief.

Temperatures will be warmest on Saturday, with widespread temperatures around or above 85 degrees. The usually warmer I-90 corridor should see upper 80s.

Sunday will be a couple degrees cooler, with most areas near or just under 85 degrees.

Monday looks to be the hottest upcoming day with widespread temperatures near 90 degrees. Again, the warmer areas in the northern Finger Lakes could see low or even mid 90s.

Over this time, humidity levels will remain comfortable for Friday but will turn muggy for the weekend and next week.

No rain is expected on Monday, but a higher chance for scattered showers and storms will begin on Tuesday and continue for much of next week, thanks to the increase in heat and humidity.

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Follow Meteorologist Drew Montreuil:
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.