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Sunday sizzles as dry spell continues

Sunday sizzled with bright sunshine, a little mugginess and a near-record temperature of 90 at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, just three degrees off the record of 93 set in 2005.

But how hot you were mainly depended on where you were, said David Thomas, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

It was even warmer near Niagara Falls, which hit a high of at least 91, but cooler along the Lake Erie shore and in the hilly terrain of the Southern Tier. While the airport was reporting 90 degrees about 4 p.m. Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard station in downtown Buffalo was reporting 77, a vast difference due to a light breeze off the lake, Thomas said.

A “very high” UV Index reading of 9 and an air quality alert from the state Department of Environmental Conservation for all of Western New York, except Allegany County, also meant staying outside for too long wasn’t advised.

Clouds were expected to increase through Sunday evening ahead of an approaching cold front. A chance of scattered showers, or even a thunderstorm, extends from midnight through late Monday morning, with the activity pushing south and east of Buffalo by 8 a.m.

But any rainfall will be “nothing that meaningful to help out with the dry conditions out there,” Thomas said.

Scattered showers are also forecast Tuesday and Friday but, again, Thomas said it won’t be enough to break the region’s dry spell.

“In general, it’s going to be comfortably warm,” Thomas said of the next 10-14 days, with highs in upper 70s and lower 80s, plenty of sunshine and “not much in the rainfall department.”