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First 80-degree day logged, what's next?

At 3:44 p.m. Thursday, the thermometer at the National Weather Service office at Buffalo hit 80 degrees for the first time in 2015.

In a year that started and languished under frigid cold, it was Buffalo's latest milestone.

And, according to AccuWeather, it likely won't be the last.

The State College, Pa.-based weather forecasters projected last week the Northeast can expect some readings in the 90s this summer.

Source: AccuWeather

Source: AccuWeather

If that happens, it'll be the first time in Buffalo since July 16, 2013, when it hit 92 degrees on the final day of a three consecutive day swing into the 90s.

There aren't any signs in the immediate forecast that we'll flirt with 90, but it could get into the 80s again today under sunny skies.

The weather service forecast discussion suggests today's warmth "will challenge record highs across the region," including at Buffalo, which hit 85 degrees in 1979.

The weekend forecast stays warm, but potentially unsettled. Even muggy.

There's a chance of thunderstorms Saturday with a high of 75 degrees. The mercury will only dip into the mid-60s overnight, which is well above normal for this time of year.

Sunday, Mother's Day, the weather service calls for thunderstorms to be likely with temperatures in the low 70s. The overnight low Sunday into Monday is projected to be 60 degrees.

Then, thunderstorms stay in the forecast through Tuesday.

Meanwhile, here are the other milestone temperatures as they first happened this year:

50 degrees: Jan. 4, but then not again until March 13.

60 degrees: April 2.

70 degrees: April 13.

80 degrees: May 7.

 

 

 

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