Cortland weather: Heat, heavy rain mark beginning of August

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CORTLAND, N.Y. — Weather forecasters are predicting high temperatures and heavy thunderstorms heading into the first weekend of August.

A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for central New York and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Scattered to severe thunderstorms will move through the area Wednesday afternoon and evening, beginning at about 4 p.m. and lasting until about 11 p.m. Storms may contain gusty winds and hail during this time period, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton. Locally heavy rainfall with thunderstorms may lead to isolated flooding of small streams, creeks, and poor drainage areas.

Several bouts of showers and thunderstorms are expected Thursday afternoon into Friday evening, and minor flooding will continue to remain a possibility. Areas that have already had heavy rainfall will be more susceptible.

High temperatures will hover in the mid 70s until Saturday, when temperatures are expected to jump into the lower 80s. There is currently a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for parts of Saturday morning and afternoon. At night, lows will dip into the lower 60s.

Rain is expected to taper off by Saturday night, making way for sunny skies and highs in the mid 80s during the day on Sunday. Temperatures will remain in the mid 80s heading into next week.