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Rain and cooler temperartures are on the way

Turn off the lawn sprinklers. Put away the watering cans, at least for a day or two. Rain is on the way.

The National Weather Service says a wave along a warm front will pass through the region Friday afternoon, bringing showers and thunderstorms, primarily from the Thruway southward. Some of the storms could pack heavy downpours, strong winds and maybe even hail. That won’t break the heat and humidity, however, not right away. Friday still will be sticky, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.

Relief is coming later, forecasters say, blowing in with another round of scattered showers and thundershowers Friday night and early Saturday. The rain should stop in time for the annual Taste of Buffalo, which begins Saturday and continues Sunday. It should be cool and comfortable both days with highs in the mid 70s and clouds giving way to sunshine.