It is a sunny but cool morning across the Finger Lakes as high pressure is overhead.
This high will drift to the southeast today and sit for a few days over the Mid-Atlantic coast, resulting in an uptick in our temperatures.
With northwest winds of 5-10 mph, most of the temperature rise today will be due to the full sunshine and the core of the coldest air aloft pivoting off to the northeast. Temperatures should rise quickly this morning, ending up between 65-70 degrees this afternoon.
Few, if any, clouds are expected today, with the best chance for clouds coming late in the day in the form of a few thin clouds. These will move out during the evening hours, leaving the overnight mostly clear.
It will not be as cold tonight, with lows mostly staying above 40 degrees. A few colder pockets may slip lower, but that will be the exception, not the rule.
Thursday will have some extra thin clouds compared to today, but will overall still just be a sunny, mild day. Winds will start from the southwest early but will pivot back to the northwest with similar speeds to today.
High temperatures on Thursday should mostly be in the mid 70s, with both cooler and warmer pockets as usual.
More thin clouds will move in Thursday night, and a deck of thin overcast will even be possible for portions of Friday. Winds will be a bit more westerly, allowing highs to push all the way to around 80 degrees after morning lows near 50. This will be the high mark of the warming, for now at least.
Weekend Weather and Next Week
A new area of high pressure will drop south out of Canada, stretching along the international border from Montana to the Great Lakes by Sunday morning.
With the clockwise flow of air around this high, temperatures will start to head in the opposite direction.
There is the smallest chance for a stray shower sometime Friday night or Saturday as this new, cooler air mass settles in. However, the chances for this happening are so low, I almost did not bother to mention it.
Saturday will have a mix of sun and mainly thin clouds. Winds will be light and variable in the morning but will pick up to around or over 10 mph from the north-northwest during the afternoon.
Temperatures will peak in the low and mid 70s during the early afternoon, then slip back slightly for the later afternoon.
Thin clouds will stick around Saturday night, providing some slight insulation. Lows will still end up in the low 40s with some colder pockets.
Like Saturday, Sunday will have a mix of sun and thin clouds. Northwest winds will be a touch less than they will be on Saturday, with speeds generally near or under 10 mph.
The core of the cooler air on the front side of the high pressure will build in, reducing highs all the way to near 60 degrees. Temperatures Sunday night will end up around 40 degrees.
Winds will be more westerly on Monday, providing temperatures will the fuel to jump back to around 70 degrees. Skies will be cloudier, but not completely cloudy, with some sunshine filtering through a deck of thin overcast.
Tuesday will be similar but a bit cooler thanks to a nighttime cold front that drops south through New England. Rain chances will remain low, but highs will back to the mid 60s on Tuesday and near 60 on Wednesday.
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.
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