Heading into today, just a single hundredth of an inch of rain fell in Buffalo over the last 10 days, adding to an already abnormally dry spring.
A little relief (emphasis intended) should come to parched lawns, fields and golf courses today and Saturday, according to National Weather Service forecasts.
An approaching storm system will bring a couple of days of unsettled weather to the region with chances for rain and thunderstorms.
If nothing else, the break will come in the form of cloudy skies, and a slight break in temperatures.
That's because unless you're in an area blessed by a juicy thunderstorm, you probably won't get all that much rain, forecasts show.
Then, the mercury starts to surge toward 90 degrees, with increasing humidity, from early to mid next week, forecasts show.
Here's what to expect in Buffalo over the next 72 hours, and beyond:
Through noon today: chances for rain drop off. Temperatures climb into the upper 70s with dewpoints in the high 60s, making it feel extra muggy.
Noon to 2 p.m.: chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Temperature approaching 80 degrees.
2 p.m. to 10 p.m.: less than a 20 percent chance for rain. Daily high temperature of 84 degrees expected about 4 p.m. dropping into mid-70s by 10 p.m.
10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday: chances for a re-emergence of showers and thunderstorms increase. Temperatures around 70 degrees, with dewpoints remaining sticky, in the upper 60s.
5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday: a mostly cloudy day with about a 40 percent chance for rain with chances for showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Daytime high temperatures in the upper 70s. A little more than one-tenth inch of total rain forecast with more expected in heavier thunderstorms.
Overnight Saturday: slight chance for showers, a more comfortable night with temperatures bottoming out in the lower 60s.
A "perfect" Sunday: A partly sunny day, and far more comfortable day with a northwest breeze. Highs are forecast in the upper 70s. It'll be considerably less muggy with dewpoints only in the high 50s.
Above-average, mid-summer warmth re-emerges early next week, according to the weather service:
Monday: Sunny, 82°
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, 87°
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, 88° (temperatures could reach into the "low to mid 90s" in interior sections of western and central New York State.)
Thursday: Chance t-storms, 88°