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Buffalo breaks record streak of 70-degree-plus days

The high temperature at Buffalo Niagara International Airport Saturday was 65 degrees, which snapped a record stretch of 102 consecutive days with a high of 70 degrees or more.

The last day with a high of less than 70 was June 13. National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn Smith said the 102-day streak broke the previous record of 95 such days in 2005.

Asked if the streak of warm days can be offered as proof of climate change, Smith said, “I wouldn’t say that it’s proof of anything. Year to year, we see these different changes.”

He noted that in 2012, Buffalo had 94 consecutive days over 70, the third-longest streak ever, but 2014 and 2013 didn’t crack the top 10.

This year featured consistent high pressure over the area and led to a hot summer, Smith said. But as temperatures dropped Friday and led to a cool but sunny Saturday, it was clear that the seasons were changing.

“We’re definitely cool for the weekend, a nice fall feel to the air. After the summer we’ve had, it’s a relief for some,” Smith said.

Sunday’s high is forecast to be 66 degrees, with Monday in the low 70s in advance of a cold front that could bring showers and possible thundershowers late Monday and early Tuesday. The cold front will bring highs in the low 60s Tuesday and Wednesday, Smith said, and a risk of lake-effect rain late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

“After Wednesday, temperatures start to come up again,” Smith said. The normal reading for the end of September is about 68, and that is the forecast high Thursday, with readings about 70 Friday and in the low 70s next weekend.

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