The heat's been on for months across the Buffalo Niagara region.
Ninety-plus degree days. Oppressive humidity. Little rainfall.
We've all felt it. And, the numbers back it up.
So, here's a list of ten Summer of '16 facts you can use to dazzle a date, one-up a buddy or win the weather talk at the annual family picnic:
- There have been eight 90-degree days in 2016. That's the most since there were nine in all of 2012. The 30-year average is four.
- Buffalo's temperature has run above-average for 25 days in a row through Sunday. The last cooler-than-average day was July 20.
- It is the fourth-warmest two-week start to August in Buffalo since 1938. The average high temperature from Aug. 1-14, 2016 is 87.3 degrees.
- Since 1938, it's the sixth-warmest period in Buffalo from May 1 to Aug. 14.
- In the 42 days since the Fourth of July, the high temperature has hit at least 80 degrees in Buffalo on 38 of them. That's more than 90 percent.
- The streak of 80-degree days is at 14 days and counting in Buffalo. That's 19th all-time. But, forecasts show it could reach 21 straight days. That would vault the streak to 4th. The record is 32 days from June 11 to July 13, 1949.
- On the other hand, Buffalo trails in the race for the most heat-melted city in New York State.
- Even the nights have been warm. The thermometer has not dropped below 60° in Buffalo since July 20.
- It is the driest April-to-August on record at the Buffalo airport. Just 6.70 inches of rain has fallen, more than 8 inches below average.
- Lake Erie is as warm as it's been on Aug. 15 in nearly four decades. At 78 degrees Monday, the last time it was warmer was 1980, when the water was an all-time high of 80 degrees.