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Add strong winds to the heat wave.But the winds will bring in a cold front this weekend.“The strongest winds probably are going to be fairly close to the lake,” Kelly said.A cold front now in the upper Midwest will reach this area early Saturday. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead of it, but the risk of severe weather is only slight at this time.Me…

The same day that Buffalo was named one of the country’s Top 10 “Chill Cities” for summer comfort, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the area and warned people to stay out of the sun, avoid unnecessary outdoor activity and check on people who may be without air conditioning.And then there are those whose jobs make you feel hot just to think abou…

The heat wave that has scorched Buffalo over the past few days has now claimed a life – that of a dog that was left outside tied to a garage, the SPCA Serving Erie County reported.The dog, a pit bull mix, was tied up outside a house at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the owners told the SPCA. They checked on the dog at 10 a.m. and gave it water, but when they checked again at 1 p.m., …

A mechanical failure at a NYSEG substation left about 3,900 customers in Clarence and East Amherst without electrical power this afternoon, causing some concern as temperatures reached 90 degrees. The outage was first reported at about 2 p.m. Company spokesman Dick Marion said the problem has been corrected and service was being restored systematically, with everyone expec…

We won’t see any record-setting temperatures, and folks in the American West might be giggling at what we find oppressive, but Western New York is going through a hot, humid and relatively uncomfortable stretch for the next couple of days.“It’s going to remain very hot and dry through at least Wednesday, with maybe a sporadic shower here or there,” National Weather…

In response to high temperatures, the city has extended hours for splash pads and a pool, and opened cooling centers through Wednesday. The city’s 11 splash pads will close at 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday. Pools are open normal hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for Centennial Pool in LaSalle Park, which is open until 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday. Three a…

With high temperatures expected to remain at or close to 90 degrees in the Buffalo area through Wednesday, local senior-care experts are advising families to take extra precautions to protect senior citizens, who are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of heat.Some of the tips are obvious, like remaining well-hydrated, avoiding strenuous exercise and staying out of the …

The coolness of Lake Erie’s waters drove a stake into the heart of some otherwise severe thunderstorms and spared much of the northern half of the Niagara Frontier from damaging weather late Wednesday.The Southern Tier and a portion of Niagara County weren’t as lucky.Reports from Dunkirk to Houghton poured in early Wednesday evening of high winds from intense thunderst…

LOCKPORT – Sen. Charles E. Schumer will tour damage from Friday’s flooding in Lockport today.Schumer will start his tour at 9:30 a.m. at the city wastewater treatment plant, which handled record volumes of water during Friday afternoon’s downpour that overwhelmed the city sewer system. Other stops will include a sinkhole on Gooding Street blamed on the rainstorm, and…

June left a soggy smudge in Buffalo’s big book of weather records.At the National Weather Service office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, where the official measurements are taken, nearly twice as much rain fell as usual. In all, 7.16 inches were registered, 3.5 inches above normal.Sudden downpours and marauding thunderstorms made some localities …

It’s on its way.Rain moving into the Southern Tier this morning was expected to become more widespread by this afternoon, with totals approaching one-third of an inch today and another one-third of an inch tonight. The forecast calls for up to another inch of rain on Friday. “It’s going to take some time to move,” Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist with the National …

The commute home tonight could be affected by severe thunderstorms that may pass through Western New York, according to AccuWeather.com meteorologists.Storms capable of producing lightning strikes, moderate hail, damaging wind gusts and flash flooding are likely to develop this afternoon and evening across the Northeast. Downed trees and power outages as well as street flo…

The National Weather Service was urging people to take cover in parts of Erie County as a strong line of thunderstorms moved into the area late this afternoon.The storms are capable of producing very heavy rain, and there have been reports of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, officials said.The storm was reported near Kenmore at about 4:30 p.m. and was moving east toward …

Remember that dry stretch of weather back in April and May, when you said we needed rain? Yeah, we can't either.More than 4 inches of rain has fallen in Buffalo so far this June. That's more than what the area usually gets in the entire month.The Buffalo area has piled up 12.49 inches of rain in April, May and through Thursday afternoon, compared with the average of 10.29 …