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Tuesday morning greets FLX residents with cooler temps

The latest Finger Lakes forecast heading into the overnight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2:00 AM,. Cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 9 to 13 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service had issued heat advisories for the entire Finger Lakes region today, and now, they have issued a severe thunderstorm watch through 8:00 pm tonight. Temperatures have climbed into the 90’s locally this afternoon with high humidity levels.  Heat index values are currently pushing as high as 100 but thankfully, there is a consistent breeze with wind gusts.

The heat will break, however, as potentially strong thunderstorms will move through ahead of a cold front later this afternoon and into the evening. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch. Locally heavy downpours are possible in thunderstorms Monday afternoon and evening.

The storms will break the heat with Tuesday’s high temperature forecast at just 76 degrees.

 

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While Sunday was warm, as temperatures pushed through the upper-80s, reaching the low-90s in some locations – the humidity will built on Monday – creating tough conditions for those with breathing problems.

The advisory runs from 10 am to 8 pm when heat index values will reach the mid-to-upper 90s. The National Weather Service says that the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will result in a potential for heat-related illness if proper precautions are not taken.

“A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check in on relatives and neighbors,” NWS forecasters said in a statement on Sunday. “Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.”

There will be the chance for afternoon thunderstorms with the heat and humidity built into the region. Though those showers will be scattered, and may not pose any significant relief until the evening, or overnight hours.

While temperatures and humidity are expected to subside after Monday – forecasters note that this time of year – high heat and humidity can become common; and practicing good hydration can save lives throughout the summer months.

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