Dry weather builds in today, persists through the Weekend

finger lakes weather forecast wednesday july 6 2022 high pressure
Clouds and drizzle will hold tough this morning, but once it turns sunny this afternoon, another dry stretch will begin. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

High Pressure Moving In

The low pressure system that brought some rain showers to the Finger Lakes yesterday is pulling away from the area this morning.

In its place, high pressure north of the Great Lakes will build in, kicking off another prolonged period of mainly dry weather.

Clouds are thick across the region this morning with some spits of drizzle and a few isolated showers. It will be a slow process drying out today, but the sun should eventually shine.

First, any lingering showers and the drizzle will end this morning. Through the midday and first half of the afternoon, the clouds will gradually dissipate. Clearing will take place from north to south, so it may not turn sunny until the late afternoon for some southern areas.

A gentle north-northwest wind will blow with speeds near or slightly over 5 mph. Top gusts on the day should clock in around 20 mph.

The clouds and northerly flow will hold temperatures a touch below the seasonal averages with highs in the mid 70s. Tonight will be mostly clear, with lows dropping back into the mid 50s.

Thursday will have a mix of sun and clouds. At times, it may turn more cloudy than not. However, no precipitation is expected during the daytime hours. Highs will rebound a bit, reaching the low 80s.

Unfortunately, the models have backed off the chances for rain Thursday night, with the high pressure locking the precipitation away to the south. There is still an outside shot at some rain, but it seems quite unlikely at this point.

Friday will turn out similar to Thursday, with periods of sun, periods of clouds, and highs reaching the low 80s.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast wednesday july 6 2022
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Weekend and Next Week

Winds on Friday will be light and variable but will turn back to the north for Saturday. Wind speeds will remain light, but the winds will bring in cooler air for a day. Look for highs to only reach the low and mid 70s, despite more sun than clouds.

The cooler air will stick around Saturday night as well. With clear skies and diminishing winds, overnight lows should reach the low 50s with some cooler pockets.

The north wind will diminish by Sunday with variable, but nearly calm winds. Ample sunshine will be more effective at warming the atmosphere and temperatures should be close to the average highs near 80 degrees.

One more dry day is expected on Monday as temperatures increase. Southwest winds will develop, pushing temperatures at least into the mid 80s. Dewpoints look moderate, rising into the low 60s later in the day.

The next chance for rain will come on Tuesday as a cold front moves into the area. It is far too early to tell much about the timing of the front or the nature of the precipitation associated with it. Thunderstorms are a reasonable expectation, which could mean a feast or famine approach to the rainfall.

There will also be some additional chances for showers during the latter half of next week. None of the rain looks particularly widespread or overly beneficial in the long-term, though.

Temperatures will remain mild with most days in the 75 to 85 degree range, persisting into next weekend and the following week.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast wednesday july 6 2022
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  1. John and Sue Gregoire

    We have had a whopping 0.02 of rain this month following an inch and a half deficit each of the last two months. (near Mecklenburg). We need real rain badly.