It was nice while it lasted.
Tuesday afternoon’s high of 74 degrees matched the record high for the day, a mark set in 1946.
As far as temperatures go, though, it is all downhill from there, at least for the rest of the week, according to forecasters.
“That’s the bad news,” said meteorologist Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service in Buffalo. “On Wednesday we’ll see a couple lake-effect showers, but some dry times, too. It will be much cooler, the high will be only in the lower 50s, and it will still be pretty breezy.”
Lamont Senior, who works at the Pine Lawn Cemetery on Genesee Street and Harlem Road, already had an eye to the sky Tuesday as he drove his mower across the last growth of green grass.
Happy to make good use of the unseasonably warm weather, he also was realistic.
“Yeah, it’s probably it for this season, I’m thinking,” Senior said. “It seems like (winter’s) coming.”
A report from AccuWeather puts it this way: “Parts of the Northeast and Midwest will experience four seasons of weather in about four days leading up to the Halloween weekend.”
Sun, rain, wind and snow are all in the mix.
Little ghouls, princesses and zombies, or their parents, probably will have to carry umbrellas Friday evening, Hitchcock said.
Cold rain seems likely at trick-or-treat time between 5 and 8 p.m., with temperatures around 40.
Forecasters are also mentioning the “S” word for Friday night and Saturday, although Hitchcock said it is too early to tell whether any snow showers will result in accumulation.
“If it does, it will be minor,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a big deal.”
By Sunday, the sun is expected to return, followed by temperatures back in the 50s by Monday.