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September warm: 90° possible next week, but it's not as rare as you think

School bells will be ringing next week, but the weather outside might keep students dreaming of summer.

Days of unseasonably warm air will bring mid-to-upper 80s, with even a shot at 90 degrees by mid-week, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

With the remnants of Hurricane Hermine stalled off the coast of New Jersey and soaking the Mid-Atlantic and New York City, Buffalo will be west enough to grab all kinds of sunshine and warmth.

Buffalo's forecast through Tuesday. Temperatures are forecast to increase to the upper 80s by Wednesday and stay in the mid-80s Thursday, forecasts show. (National Weather Service)

Buffalo's forecast through Tuesday. Temperatures are forecast to increase to the upper 80s by Wednesday and stay in the mid-80s Thursday, forecasts show. (National Weather Service)

"The big story for our region next week will be the return of summer heat as the mid-level ridge axis shifts overhead and just to our east," states the National Weather Service forecast discussion. "This will usher in a return of southerly flow and a pool of very warm air from the Midwest states, pushing high temperatures back into the upper 80s by Wednesday."

Places away from the lakes could get even warmer.

Ninety degree days are unusual for this time of year, but they do happen.

 

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Days the temperature reached 90 degrees or more in Buffalo during September. (xmACIS2)

The last time it happened in September at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport was Sept. 3, 2012.

The thermometer that day pegged out at an even 90 degrees.

Since 1938, it's hit 90 degrees or more two dozen times, according to weather service data.

That included a record four times in 1953, which holds the mark for September's highest reading: 98 degrees on Sept 3.

There was a long dry spell.

Between 1973 and 2001, data shows there were no 90 degree days.

And, it's only happened four times since Sept. 9, 2001.

Here's the full list:

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