Temperatures begin to rise with few chances for rain

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High temperatures will reach the 70s today and will be well into the mid 80s tomorrow. Prolonged hot weather is expected starting next week. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Late Week Weather

An extremely stubborn patch of clouds remains over the Finger Lakes region this morning.

These clouds are the result of some low level moisture left behind by last weekend’s low that has gotten trapped beneath high pressure which is now overhead.

As the high slides south and east today, west winds will take over across our region. These winds should bring in drier air which will erode the clouds away. Expect this process to take much of the morning.

In addition to the low, thick clouds, there will also be some thinner clouds higher in the atmosphere moving through. If the clouds dissipate enough, the sun should be able to shine through these higher clouds somewhat.

Sunshine will increase this afternoon, though it will be mixing with typical fair weather clouds until late in the afternoon. No rain is expected.

Assuming the clouds actually do what they are supposed to, temperatures should be able to climb into the low and mid 70s this afternoon.

Skies will clear this evening. Calm winds early on will turn to a light southerly breeze overnight. Lows will mainly be in the mid 50s with some cooler areas across the Southern Tier and into Cortland County.

Thursday will have a mix of sun and clouds with no rain. South winds will turn to the southwest and increase, reaching around 10 mph this afternoon.

These winds will push in a surge of warm air, resulting in many places reaching the mid 80s tomorrow. Humidity levels will remain low, with dewpoints in the 50s.

A cold front will move through the area early Friday morning. Showers and storms along the front Thursday night will mainly dissipate before reaching the area. Likewise, new development along the front Friday afternoon will mainly take place to our south and east.

The best chances for rain will come in the form of a few spits of rain Friday morning, and then a few showers across the Southern Tier as they first start to develop during the early afternoon. Most areas will not really see much in the way of rain at all.

Temperatures will take a step back on Friday with highs in the mid 70s.

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

Hot Next Week

Saturday will follow Friday’s lead with temperatures decreasing a bit further. Most areas will have a high in the low 70s.

Skies will be a mix of sun and clouds and no rain is expected. Clouds will dissipate late with clear skies overnight, allowing temperatures to cool. Most of the southern half of the region will drop into the mid and upper 40s while northern areas stay near or just above 50 degrees.

While winds will be out of the north at up to 10 mph on Saturday, Sunday’s winds will come in lightly from the south. Temperatures will respond by returning to the mid and upper 70s with another mix of sun and fair weather clouds.

Hot temperatures will surge in on Monday and stick around for much of next week.

Monday will see highs in the upper 80s and low 90s. Most areas should break into the 90s on Tuesday, with some urban areas having a shot at the mid 90s.

How hot the rest of the week gets will likely be influenced by any afternoon showers and storms that can pop up in the hot and humid airmass. However, there will be little to trigger storm development, so most areas will probably remain dry through much of the week. This could result in several more days at least near 90 degrees.

Factoring in the humidity, it may feel even hotter at times.

Nighttime temperatures will also be very warm with lows in the upper half of the 60s, if not in the 70s at times.

Warm temperatures will remain for the foreseeable future with 80s becoming the default for afternoon highs.

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

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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.

  1. Paul Danielson

    What is a good resource for keeping track of FL rainfall year-to-date? Wondering about our well.