Monday final day of hot and humid weather pattern

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Heat Advisories are in place once again today for more heat and humidity with a few afternoon storms. A cold front breaks the heat tomorrow. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Heat Breaks

For the next 24 hours, temperatures and humidity will remain high across the Finger Lakes region.

With plenty of sunshine and a steady southwest wind in place, temperatures will warm in a hurry this morning. Many places will be at or above 90 degrees by the early afternoon. Like the last several days, dewpoints will be around 70 degrees, making it feel oppressive and several degrees warmer.

The risk of heat-related illness increases with each consecutive day of high heat and humidity, especially for those who are unable to get out of the heat, including during the warm, muggy overnights.

A small disturbance will bring some relief this afternoon in the form of some scattered showers and storms. These will move through during the mid-afternoon hours. The best chance for thunder will be north of the Thruway from about Rochester eastward, and then for areas further south and east of Seneca Lake.

Surface winds will be blustery even outside of any thunderstorms, with speeds around 10 mph and gusts as high as 25 mph. Locally stronger winds will be possible with the thunderstorms, but severe weather is not generally expected.

Southwest winds, and partly to mostly cloudy skies, will keep the hot, humid air in place tonight. Some areas will not even drop below 75 degrees with widespread low and mid 70s. Some scattered showers will build in after midnight and continue into Tuesday morning.

A cold front will press south during Tuesday morning, turning winds to the northwest with speeds of 5-10 mph. Dewpoints will drop into the 60s by the afternoon, and temperatures will only rise to the low 80s. After the morning showers, some afternoon sun is expected.

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

New Weather Pattern

A cooler, much less humid weather pattern will unfold behind the cold front on Tuesday. This will start Tuesday night, with lows well into the 60s. For some areas, this may be the first temperatures in the 60s in nearly a week.

Wednesday will be a pleasant day with a mix of sun and clouds and highs poking into the low upper 70s and low 80s. Dewpoints will continue to drop, making it feel much more comfortable. Winds will be from the west and north at around 5 mph.

On Thursday, a second cold front will bring in a reinforcing shot of cool, dry air. Along the front, a few afternoon showers and storms will pop up. The details on these are still a bit uncertain, but they do not look as though they will be widespread, long-lasting, or particularly strong or heavy.

High temperatures will remain in the low 80s on Thursday but will retreat to the mid 70s for highs on Friday and Saturday. Both days should have plenty of sunshine with very low dewpoints in the 40s. Both days should start with temperatures mostly in the 50s.

Sunday will be more of the same, with sunny, dry conditions. Temperatures will start in the 50s and will rise to around 80 degrees.

Temperatures should stick in that general neighborhood through most, if not all, of next week. Rain will remain absent for the first half of the week, but rain chances will increase thereafter.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast monday august 8 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.