First Alert Weather: The big rain is gone, but the humidity stays

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Parts of southern New York and the Finger Lakes are recovering from flooding thanks in part to tropical rain from what was Tropical Storm Fred.

Parts of the Southern Tier and southern Finger Lakes picked up as much as 5-6" of rain over the course of three days. That was just too much for some creeks and streams to handle, and they overflowed onto roads and low-lying areas. The good news is we will see a much quieter pattern setting up over the next week.

That being said, we won’t wash away the tropical feel to the air. Humidity will remain propped up with dew points in the upper 60s right into next week. This will tend to keep our overnight lows in the upper 60s. Daytime highs will reach the mid-80s much of the next 7 days. That warmth and humidity will combine to produce some passing showers and thundershowers, primarily during the afternoon hours, but we’ll see plenty of dry time.

Timing out the rain: Friday should be mainly dry, with some scattered afternoon showers and thunder. While Sunday will also feature the slight chance of a shower, at this point, we should be mainly dry. Monday once again may see a slightly better chance of a pop-up afternoon shower or storm, with mainly dry weather again on Tuesday. Our best chance of rain will come on Wednesday and Thursday of next week as a cold front approaches. This will also drop our dew points by late next week and into next weekend.

Watching the tropics: The tropics are very busy right now, and we’ll keep an eye on Henri, which is spinning near Bermuda. The current track takes it toward the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England coast this weekend. The track is very much up in the air, and while we won’t see any sort of direct impact like we did with Fred, it may help to either bump up or lower our rain chances this weekend. The First Alert Weather Team will keep you updated right here online and on-air.


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