Sunrise Smart Start: Friday, June 5

Sunrise Smart Start

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Stay up-to-date on the latest headlines in today’s Sunrise Smart Start on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Two Buffalo police officers suspended after pushing 75-year-old man to the ground

They have been suspended after an incident that left a man lying on the sidewalk and bleeding from the head. The man is in stable, but critical condition. The suspensions followed an Internal Affairs investigation.

Downtown businesses preparing for protests

 The county and city residents are preparing for a large planned demonstration Friday in downtown Rochester. The Black Lives Matter rally is due to start in the afternoon by the Liberty Pole.

The Sibley Tower Building on East Main Street and other facilities are being secured with boarding to prevent any possible damages, while some government buildings will be closed.

Cuomo encouraging protestors to get tested for COVID-19

The governor said the state will open COVID-19 testing eligibility to anyone who attended a protest.

“If you’re at a protest, go get a test. Please,” Gov. Cuomo said.

County legislature overrides Bello’s veto on adding new positions

At a virtual meeting of the Monroe County Legislature Thursday evening, lawmakers voted to override a Wednesday veto from County Executive Adam Bello that would have stopped legislation to add six new Board of Elections jobs, costing taxpayers $500,000.

The vote tally was 20-9.

Weather — Another warm and humid day

Some of the finest Summer weather imaginable is ahead for the day today. It will, however, be a bit warm even by early June standards. Look for a good supply of sun and just a few clouds with temperatures climbing into the middle, if not, upper 80s for highs this afternoon. It will be cooler along the water’s edge of Lake Ontario with an onshore breeze that sets up providing some natural air conditioning (Lake Ontario water’s temperature is in the upper 50s). Humidity levels will definitely be higher than what they were yesterday.

The lake breeze boundaries that setup across Western New York will serve as focal points for an isolated shower this afternoon especially south and east of Rochester. Again, this is more of an exception rather than a rule. Most will just see a few afternoon clouds.  That said, with all that sun, the UV index will be at a 9 (on a scale that runs through 12), which is even higher than yesterday.

A cold front will approach the area overnight Friday into Saturday. Given the timing of its arrival and the fact that most of the upper level support with the feature will be well to the north, I don’t expect much in the way of shower activity in association with it (nor much in the way of convection). That said, a shower cannot be ruled out with its passage early Saturday. Saturday itself will bring varying amounts of clouds and sun, a spotty shower in the afternoon enhanced by Lake Ontario, and temperatures that are much more typical for this time of year with highs in the lower 70s. 

A real sensationally sunny stretch awaits as High pressure builds over the Northeast. That ridge will grow in its breadth and depth allowing for temperatures to climb and in a big way by mid-week. We have a shot at 90° again in that building ridge of High pressure by Wednesday.

The next chance for any rain of import won’t be for a while and will rely heavily on the tropical remnants of Cristobal being absorbed by a cold front. That front will sweep across the country but won’t arrive until Thursday. Until then, the largely dry weather will have you searching for the sprinklers and watering cans to keep those gardens and lawns from becoming too thirsty!

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