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Warmth rolls right on into autumn, but weekend will be a wet one

The last official full week of summer is upon us, but there's no indication the warmth of the season wants to part ways just yet.

After today, forecast highs through next Wednesday all look to be above normal -- in the upper 70s.

The average high temperature for the last official week of summer is between 69 and 72 degrees.

In a near-repeat performance of last weekend's weather, alternating warm and cold fronts will cross the Buffalo Niagara region, bringing unsettled weather to the area.

Temperatures, dewpoints and the opportunity for showers will be heightened on Saturday. The forecast shows conditions are expected to be near 80 degrees with a warm, muggy overnight in the mid-60s.

Unlike last weekend though, severe weather is not expected, but showers are going take a little bit more time to move on.

A 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms is forecast Sunday with highs in the upper 70s. Overnight lows on Sunday will be in the low 60s, the forecast shows.

A dreary weekend is in store, according to the National Weather Service forecast projections. Rain is likely with much cloud cover. (NWS)

A dreary weekend is in store, according to the National Weather Service forecast projections. Rain is likely with much cloud cover. (NWS)

Record Watch

The thermometer struggled to the 70-degree mark at 2:40 p.m. today, but ensured that a new all-time record for consecutive days at or above 70 degrees will be set.

The current record is 95 straight days, set from June 20 to Sept. 22, 2005.

Since June 14, the high temperature every day has been at least 70 degrees, a span of 94 days in a row, including Thursday. That tied 2012 for second on the all-time list.

Forecasts Friday and Saturday project it won't be nearly as close as Thursday, and temperatures will reach 79 degrees both days.

The streak should even hit 100 straight days as the mercury is expected to flirt with 80 degrees through mid-to-late next week.

The low temperature streak also remained in tact.

This morning's mercury at Buffalo dipped to 50 degrees, but not below, the National Weather Service reported.

That means the thermometer has also not dropped below 50 degrees for 93 straight days as of today. That's tied for 12th on the all-time list, according to weather service data. The year 2005 also holds that mark with 115 straight days (May 31 to Sept. 23, 2005).

The last 40-degree reading in Buffalo this year came on June 14, when the low dropped to 46 degrees.

Autumn Watch

Autumn officially arrives in Buffalo at 10:21 a.m. next Thursday.

 

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