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Thunderstorms with much needed heavy rain possible: Will it ease drought?

One more day of heat for the Finger Lakes and Central New York.

After several days in a row of hot, humid weather relief is in sight. The National Weather Service has activated a heat advisory for Monday.

While some counties are excluded from today’s advisory- it will continue feeling exceptionally sticky.

More than hot: Rain possible!

A stalled out frontal boundary to the northwest of the region will finally start to move through the Finger Lakes and Central New York.

A second front will move through later in the week cooling things down even more.

Both have the chance to bring some much needed precipitation to the region.

It starts this afternoon with the risk of showers and thunderstorms. While the risk of severe weather is relatively low – some storms could produce very heavy rain.

That has been typical of storms developing in this hot, humid airmass centered over the region the last 3-5 days.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms will continue to be common into the overnight hours. With passage of the cold front temperatures and dewpoints will start to fall.

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What happens next? Drought relief in sight?

The rain that falls through Tuesday is not expected to be the drought-busting variety. Several counties in the Finger Lakes and Central New York remain in a Drought Watch.

While some rain is possible later in the week – nothing is in sight that would put an end to the deficit experienced so far this summer in rainfall.

Long-term models from the National Weather Service continue to show a dry August, which would exacerbate the drought issue regionally.