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Southerly flow will make the next few days in Buffalo feel summer-like

The warmest days of the year so far are in store this week for the Buffalo Niagara region.

A south wind will help to drive the thermometer up toward 80 degrees in some spots Thursday.

Forecasts show Wednesday's temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 70s.

Sunny skies will prevail both days, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

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Temperatures at 5 p.m. Thursday in Buffalo will be in the mid 70s, according to the National Weather Service forecast map.

The average daily high temperature in Buffalo for the second week in May is in the mid 60s.

So far in 2016, there have only been three days above 70 degrees: April 16, 72 degrees; April 17, 74 degrees; and April 21, 71 degrees.

That is tied for the 13th lowest number of days since weather records started being kept at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in the 1930s.

The fewest number of days in the 70s is zero, in 1980, and the most is 13 days in both 2006 and 2013.

The average is about seven days.

Forecasts show temperatures receding back into the upper 60s with scattered showers on Friday.

The upcoming weekend is expected to return to below-normal conditions with highs only in the mid-to-upper 50s. But, it will be sunny, forecasts show.

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