New York State Fair Opens with Sunny Skies

By Brian Thompson, Meteorologist
August 22, 2013; 5:21 AM ET
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The New York State Fair in Syracuse started off with partly sunny skies and a few spotty thunderstorms on Thursday, but the weather will improve dramatically for the first weekend of the fair.

After a cool first half of August, the weather turned warmer and somewhat more humid over the past several days.

High pressure will bring plenty of sunshine over the weekend. The disturbance touching off showers in southern Canada will turn the weather more unsettled early next week.

The weather looks much better for fairgoers on Friday and over the weekend thanks to an area of high pressure which will provide plenty of sunshine with no thunderstorms to worry about. The humidity will be lower, and high temperatures will be closer to 80 degrees.

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For those heading out to evening events, it may even be worth taking a light jacket or sweatshirt as the lower humidity will allow temperatures to fall quickly through the 70s and into the 60s after the sun goes down.

More summerlike weather will return on Sunday and especially next week as the humidity comes back up and temperatures get back into the 80s.

The core of the heat will be over the middle of the nation where a huge ridge in the jet stream will be centered. Disturbances riding along that ridge will slide down into New York state early next week, bringing a few opportunities for thunderstorms. Much of each day, though, will turn out dry.

The New York State Fair runs from Aug. 22 through Labor Day on Sept. 2.

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