First Alert Weather: Steamy and stormy at times Thursday

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Big summer warmth and perhaps big summer storms return again on Thursday. Several clusters of thunderstorms are traversing the Great Lakes region, and several of these may impact us over the next 48 hours.

The first may arrive by midnight with gusty winds and heavy rain. That being said, there are some indications that this first cluster may fizzle as it draws closer.

Another round may be possible early Thursday morning, with some storms also possible later in the afternoon during peak heating. There will plenty of fuel for these storms, with dew points holding in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

Our last chance for rain and storms will come Friday with the passage of a cold front. Depending on the timing of the front, we may see one more round of stronger storms before a much quieter weekend.

The weekend: Speaking of which, the weekend should be very nice. Any lingering clouds/showers early Saturday will give way to a mostly sunny sky with lowering humidity. Sunday should be beautiful with sunshine, a few clouds, mild air and low humidity.

We’ll start next week dry and seasonably warm, with rain chances going up a bit mid-week as some tropical moisture tries to get drawn northward compliments of Tropical Storm Fred. We’ll keep you updated.

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