First Alert Forecast: Staying warm, but getting more muggy

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – Thursday marked the 2nd day in a row of temperatures in the 80s, and we’ll likely do it again Friday.

The biggest difference you’ll start to feel is an increase in humidity. Dew points that have held in the 30s and 40s will begin to climb into the 50s on Friday, and then 60s over the weekend. This isn’t exactly sultry, mid-summer air, but it will feel different than the extremely dry and comfortable air we’ve enjoyed the last few days.

Friday also remains dry, with hazy sunshine. That haze you’re seeing and will see again on Friday is due to wildfire smoke from the west being transported into the Great Lakes. This will likely provide colorful sunrises and sunsets over the next few days.

Some rain will make a return this weekend as moisture begins to be pumped in from the south, and a cold front moves in from the west. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature highs in the upper 70s to near 80 with an increasing chance for some afternoon and evening showers or a few storms.

While this may cause you to shift your plans by a few hours, severe weather isn’t expected, so we remain green on the First Alert Threat Tracker. If you have plans to attend the Lilac Festival in Highland Park this weekend, it’s a good idea to grab the umbrella as you’re walking out the door, just in case you get caught under a brief shower.

Our cold front pushes through on Monday, which will bring an end to our stretch of warm air, as temperatures will fall back into the 60s for much of next week.


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