Near average temperatures make for a pleasant summer day

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday july 26 2022 sun clouds high pressure
Temperatures will be around 80 degrees today, rising to near 85 tomorrow before dropping again following a weather system on Thursday. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

High Pressure

High pressure over the area will keep the weather quiet and not too hot for today.

There is a small area of enhanced winds moving through the jet stream across the Great Lakes region this morning. This feature has brought in some partial cloud cover this morning. The clouds will persist, with some breaks of sun in between, though the late morning or midday hours. No rain is expected, though.

This afternoon, as the jet stream feature departs, skies will become sunnier.

Winds will be mainly from the west today, with a bit of a turn to the northwest late in the afternoon. Wind speeds will be gentle, coming in near or just above 5 mph. Top gusts will be under 20 mph.

The west winds and partial sunshine will keep temperatures close to the seasonal averages. Most areas should see a high around 80 degrees, give or take a degree or two. Ithaca’s average high today is 80 degrees.

Clear skies and nearly calm winds tonight will allow temperatures to drop into the 50s once again. A few pockets of upper 40s are not out of the question.

High pressure will be further east tomorrow, resulting in a light southwesterly flow. Skies will again be a mix of sun and clouds with no rain expected.

Temperatures will respond to the change in wind direction by increasing about five degrees. Most areas, therefore, will be within a couple of degrees of 85.

Wednesday night will be warmer as southwest winds increase. A stray shower will be possible, but most areas will not see rain. Overnight temperatures in mid 60s are expected.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday july 26 2022
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Some Rain, Weekend Weather

The next weather maker will move into the area on Thursday. This system looks much less impressive than the last one did Sunday and Sunday night.

A few scattered showers and storms will pop up Thursday at any time, but especially in the afternoon. It is highly likely that a few places will end up seeing little to no rain, and few places will manage over a quarter of an inch.

Showers will linger into early Friday before dropping south. Sunshine should then increase Friday afternoon. High temperatures both Thursday and Friday will be in the low 80s.

Saturday will be the coolest upcoming day with most areas failing to reach 80 degrees. With the cool air aloft, the daytime heating could pop up a stray shower, but these seem more likely over the higher terrain of the Adirondacks than in our region.

Temperatures will rise a few degrees each day from there. Sunday will reach the low 80s while Monday should reach the mid 80s at least. Both days will be partly cloudy.

A weather system will be possible next Tuesday, but confidence is low that there will be any meaningful rain with this.

As temperatures rise further late next week, scattered afternoon showers and storms will be possible. Anything that develops will probably be highly hit-or-miss, though.

Several days with highs near or above 90 degrees look possible starting next Thursday, but those hit-or-miss showers may impact that. Time will tell how everything plays out.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday july 26 2022
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.
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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.