Your forecast includes near record heat & a risk for a severe t-storm


Central New York has been placed under a “slight risk” for a severe thunderstorm very late this afternoon through this evening. The primary concerns are for torrential downpours, lots of cloud to ground lightning strikes and damaging wind. You can read more about this towards the end of this web story. First though, we want to take you in chronological order of how today progresses.

Morning temperatures at the bus stop:
There is a wide range of temperatures this morning. Most areas should be in the middle 60s to middle 70s through mid-morning. However, the cooler countryside locations will be in the middle 50 to middle 60.

Morning sky condition & precipitation:
Most of our area should receive sunshine and some clouds alongside an increasing breeze. It should be dry throughout the morning. Wind becomes WSW and increases to 10-20 MPH with higher gusts later this morning. To see any precipitation, click on Interactive Doppler Radar to zoom in anywhere and on Live Triple Doppler Radar to see where it is raining right now.

What should I wear outside?:
You and your kids should dress for summery weather. Ultimately, it is your decision on what you and your kids wear.

Any notable driving conditions?:

Afternoon ride home on the bus:
Expect an unseasonably warm day with near record high temperatures. Afternoon highs should be at least in the middle 80s for most of CNY. Syracuse should reach the upper 80s to nearly 90. The normal high is 70 for today. The RECORD HIGH for Syracuse is 90 set back in 1962. The maximum heat index will be the same as the temperature. Late this afternoon appears to be the highest risk for an isolated or scattered thunderstorm that some places will see, while others will not. Regular wind: WSW 10-20 MPH with gusts to 35 MPH. To see any precipitation, click on Interactive Doppler Radar to zoom in anywhere and on Live Triple Doppler Radar to see where it is raining.

Severe weather threat late this afternoon:
The Storms Prediction Center has placed CNY in the “slight” risk for severe thunderstorms with a 15% risk for damaging winds of at least 58 MPH to occur within 25 miles of any point. There is even a small, but non-zero threat (5%) for a brief tornado to occur within 25 miles of any point.

If a severe weather WATCH is issued:
-- Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the possibility of severe weather developing.
-- Keep an eye on Interactive Doppler and Triple Doppler radars on
-- Keep your phone with your CNYcentral mobile app turned on so if warnings are issued you will know.
-- Periodically check NBC-3, CBS-5 and CW-6 for updates on the weather and possible warnings.
-- Plan how to get to a safe place quickly if a warning is issued for your area or if severe weather is observed where you are.

If a severe weather WARNING is issued late today, here is what you should do:
-- If you are outdoors, get inside your home, a strong building, or in your car. If there is no building nearby, your best protection is in a cave or ditch. Boaters should head to shore immediately.
-- When indoors, go to an interior room on the lowest level. Stay away from windows and doors. Do not use electrical appliances. Do not use the telephone, except in an emergency.|
-- If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road until the storm passes. Heavy rain with any thunderstorm can flood roads quickly. Never try to drive through an area where water covers the road, even if you think it is shallow. This water may sweep your vehicle away.

CNYcentral will keep you updated on-air on NBC-3, CBS-5, and CW-6. We will also keep you posted on, Facebook, and Twitter.

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