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Possible high of 70 degrees would be one for the books

Get ready to shatter a heat record.

The warm front Western New York enjoyed over the weekend is expected to peak Monday, the National Weather Service says, surpassing the all-time high temperature of 64 for the date, set six weeks after the Pan-American Exposition closed in 1901. Sunday’s high was 53, well short of the record 62, also set in 1901.

Meanwhile, forecasters believe the thermometer, spurred by morning sunshine, just might soar to the 70-degree mark, becoming one of the warmest days ever recorded in Buffalo during meteorological winter (December to February). The temperature has hit 70 or better only seven times here during those three months since record-keeping began in 1871. The highest reading was 74 on Dec. 3, 1982.

Brisk breezes and showers during the mid to late afternoon will signal the anticipated arrival of a front that will cool things off, but still leave temperatures well above normal. Highs near 50 are expected Tuesday to Thursday, but then a serious chill is due to arrive Friday, raising the potential for lake-effect snow next weekend.