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'Uncomfortable warmth,' mid-week heat indices near 100° to bake WNY

Think February 2015 on the other side of the thermometer.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service suggest heat advisories may be required for some parts of Western New York, especially Wednesday, as temperatures crest into the 90s and humidity mounts behind a strong southwest flow of air into the region.

The dog days of summer are here.

Buffalo and areas along the Lake Erie shoreline (those places that usually get pounded by lake-effect snow when southwesterly winds set up just right) should be the best places to be dodge the most extreme heat this week.

But even in those places, temperatures are forecast to climb into the upper 80s to near 90 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In other areas, namely Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties, the National Weather Service states in its hazardous weather outlook that "the increasing heat and humidity will result in heat indices that will approach the 100 degree mark across many of the western counties Wednesday afternoon."

It would be the first time in two summers that a heat advisory is required for the region, the weather service stated.

The cause of the extreme warm-up is an area of high pressure that's trekking east. On its back side, it will pull even warmer air from the southwest into the region, forecasters explained.

Chances for showers and thunderstorms come late Wednesday into Thursday, when some storms could produce heavy rain, the forecast shows.

It'll remain warm, however.

Thursday's high is forecast to be in the mid-80s, with temperatures forecast to remain in the 80s again Friday, right through the weekend.

 

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