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Weak relief for hot weather expected Monday

Western New Yorkers not in love with muggy, hot days won’t see much relief this week, with daily highs expected to linger in the 80s and above.

“It’s going to be fairly hot, but nothing too terribly unusual for midsummer,” said Jon Hitchcock, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The hottest days are expected to be Sunday and Thursday, with highs in the 90s possible.

With temperatures licking the upper 80s Saturday, fans and air conditioners went silent for a few hours in about 8,800 homes in West Seneca and Orchard Park during a NYSEG power outage. The day’s high peaked at 91 degrees – a couple of degrees shy of the record set in 1933.

West Seneca police, who announced the “major power outage,” said power had been restored at about 4:30 p.m.

In a tweet, West Seneca police gave “a huge thanks from officers directing traffic who had several citizens bring water and Gatorade to them.”

Also Saturday, fire in tinder-dry grass temporarily closed both directions of Route 354 in Marilla at Two Rod Road before being extinguished.

Hitchcock said heat is a factor in the Buffalo area’s drought conditions. He also said residents must be aware of the potential for grass fires.

“Oftentimes when we have our hot summers, they’re also very dry as well,” he said.

“It’s pretty easy to spark a grass fire right now,” said Hitchcock, who noted he has heard of grass fires started recently by lawnmowers striking rocks.

Hithcock also encouraged residents to avoid working for long periods in the sun, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in the shade.

The humidity is expected to return Sunday evening and last through Monday.

As for drought relief, a weak cold front should bring scattered thunderstorms Monday. Showers also are expected on Thursday.

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