Warm and Dry
A large area of high pressure continues to dominate the weather for the United States east of the Rocky Mountain, including the Finger Lakes region.
The high is centered over the Carolinas this morning and will remain in that general area for the next several days.
Meanwhile, an area of low pressure is moving across eastern Canada, well north of the international border. This low will play a role in our weather today, increasing our clouds and winds, but precipitation will be very hard to come by.
Much of the cloud cover today will be thin, allowing varying amounts of sunshine to filter through. Not until late in the day are clouds expected to become thicker.
West winds will increase to over 10 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph. At the same time, relative humidity values this afternoon will drop below 35 percent. This combination of gusty winds and low humidity will raise the brush fire risk.
Several fires were reported yesterday, but generally did not spread due to the light winds. That will not be the case today, so take extra caution and respect the annual state-wide burn ban that remains in effect.
High temperatures this afternoon will add several more degrees over yesterday despite the increase in clouds. Look for high in the mid and upper 60s with a few isolated locations possibly even reaching 70 degrees.
It will be warm tonight with overnight lows remaining in the upper 40s and low 50s. A few stray showers may be possible after midnight and into early Wednesday morning. Most areas will not see any rain, and those that do will see very light amounts.
Sunshine will increase Wednesday during the day. Winds will be at least as strong as today, if not a touch stronger. The wind will be from the west-northwest. Relative humidity values will be higher, which should reduce the brush fire risk somewhat.
Temperatures will climb into the low and mid 70s with nighttime temperatures in the mid 50s.
Clear, sunny skies are expected on Thursday with light winds. Temperatures will continue to rise and will reach the upper 70s. A few places may hit 80 degrees. Highs will be around 80 degrees on Friday, with upper 70s likely Saturday as well.
A few late day showers and storms may pop up on Saturday, with more widespread showers and storms Sunday afternoon. Overnight temperatures will remain in the 50s with highs staying in the mid 70s on Sunday.
A cold front Sunday night will send temperatures back into the 50s on Monday and for all of next week. There will be several chances for showers next week, possibly mixing with a few nighttime snowflakes at times.
Temperatures are expected to remain close to or slightly below average into the end of April.
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.
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