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It's hot, hot, hot... another day in the 90s; stormy Thursday possible

The thermometer will get a workout again today.

Temperatures are forecast to flirt with the 90 degree mark as hot, southerly air persists over the Buffalo Niagara region.

The mercury made it to 90 degrees at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, making it the third day of the season Buffalo has hit the mark. The yearly average is four days.

If Wednesday makes 90, it would be the first back-to-back days the city has hit the milestone since a three-day string from July 14 to 16, 2013.

Combined with today's warm temperatures will be oppressive humidity with dewpoints near or above 70 degrees. That makes it feel sticky, and even warmer, with heat indices expected to reach into the upper 90s in some spots today, especially the Genesee Valley.

As of 10 a.m., the temperature in Buffalo was already 82 degrees. And, it was 85 degrees in Niagara Falls.

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Forecasters noted that even about a mile up above the surface of the region, temperatures will climb to unusually warm temperatures in the mid to upper 60s.

"Such warmth will translate into high temps ranging from the mid to upper 80s in areas immediately downwind of the lakes and across the higher terrain to the lower to mid 90s across the balance of the region," according to Wednesday's morning's National Weather Service forecast discussion for the area.

An approaching storm system overnight will only serve to increase humidity across the region.

"Expect a downright sultry night," forecasters said.

The first chance for rain and thunder will come between 2 and 11 a.m. Thursday, forecasters said. About one-quarter inch of rain is possible, but forecasters say there's only between a 30 and 50 percent chance for precipitation.

Additional convection associated with daytime warming on Thursday could lead to more thunderstorms, however, forecasters expect the heaviest of those to be found in the central and eastern parts of the state.

Daytime highs Thursday are forecast to be in the 80s.

 

 

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