Smoke and Showers
Wildfire smoke from western Canada has moved into the Finger Lakes region and is resulting in unhealthy air quality.
The smoke will stick around throughout the daytime hours, and will probably get worse for many areas before it gets better. Air Quality Index Values will generally be in the 125-175 range, which straddles the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” and “Unhealthy for all” classifications. Using the standard color scale, these are orange and red values, respectively.
The sun will attempt to filter through the smoke today, though occasional clouds will obscure the sky. A stray shower or storm during the late afternoon hours will be possible, but most areas will remain dry.
Temperatures will make it into the low and mid 80s this afternoon. It will be a couple of degrees cooler than it otherwise would be thanks to the smoke. Southwest winds will blow with speeds around or slightly over 5 mph.
Tonight, the chances for rain will increase as scattered showers move through the area. Heavy rain is not expected, though a stray rumble of thunder cannot be ruled out.
The worst of the smoke will begin to move out overnight as well, leading to a gradual improvement in air quality. Temperatures overnight will be in the low to mid 60s.
Some smoke will stick around through Tuesday, but concentrations will be much lower than today. Air quality will probably be mixed but slowly improving. Be sure to monitor current conditions to adequately plan for your day.
Sun and clouds will mix through the morning and into the afternoon. By the early afternoon, scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will pop up. These are not expected to be severe or overly heavy, with individual cells coming and going quickly. Some areas will end up missing out on the rain tomorrow.
Temperatures will top out in the low 80s with some pockets of upper 70s. Winds will be around 5 mph, starting from the southwest and ending from the northwest.
Next System Centers on Friday
Wednesday will be a dry, comfortable day, starting with morning lows dipping into the 50s for many areas.
Skies will be a mix of sun and fair-weather clouds with temperatures around or just over 80 degrees. Dewpoints will stick to the 50s. Only a slight breeze from the north is expected with speeds under 5 mph.
The wind will swing around to the southeast Wednesday night and to the south on Thursday, but wind speeds will remain very gentle.
It will be enough to bring dewpoints back into the 60s with low and mid 80s for afternoon temperatures. A few scattered pop-up showers and storms will result in the afternoon.
Friday will have a better chance for showers and storms throughout the day, but especially in the afternoon, as the next weather maker arrives. Early indications are that conditions will be marginal for any type of severe weather, and the atmosphere should be less prone to torrential downpours.
A few showers and storms may continue to be possible into Saturday, but cooler air will also be moving in. Highs should stick to the upper 70s for most areas.
Sunday is looking dry at this point, with highs only making it to the mid 70s.
Temperatures should slowly build next week and will be hot by the week’s end. Next week overall looks quiet, with low chances for rain.
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This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.