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Sunday sizzle will be tamed by rain, wind and possibly hail

The possibility of heavy rain and strong winds late Sunday afternoon has resulted in a flash flood watch being declared for the Buffalo area.

High temperatures and a humidity expected earlier in the day will boost the heat index into the 90s, according to Shawn Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

But that will change dramatically about 5 p.m., when a cold front entering the region is expected to unleash heavy rain, strong winds and even hail in some areas, Smith added.

The average rainfall will be about three-quarters of an inch to an inch, though some areas could get more, Smith said.

The start of the work week will enjoy a retreat from he heat and humidity, with temperatures dropping back into the 70s.