Ahead of the cold front, hot air is streaking east into Central New York on the heels of brisk west to southwest winds. Consequently, record heat (92 set in 1995) is likely as high temperatures reach the low to mid 90s. Winds will increase up to and past 35 mph this afternoon.
Later this afternoon and tonight, the cold front will close in on areas north and west of Syracuse, as a result, an odd shower or thunderstorm cannot be ruled out. It’s possible that a strong to severe thunderstorm may occur for areas north of a line from the south shore of Lake Ontario to Utica. There is a slight chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm for the rest of Central New York tonight as the cold front moves through the region.
Behind the front, noticeably cooler air will arrive for the upcoming weekend. This will set the stage for a really nice start to the Labor Day weekend. Looking ahead to Labor Day, the weather map looks to feature the same cold front that will move through tonight now moving back toward the region as a warm front. This combined with moisture from the remnants from Isaac will likely increase the threat for showers and thunderstorms late Monday into Tuesday.