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Another oppressive day of heat and humidity today; nice Friday, stormy Saturday, cooler Sunday

If you don't have air conditioning and the pool's already closed, you might just have to gut this one out.

At 10 a.m. in Buffalo, it already felt like 87 degrees when you combined the 82 degree temperature with the humidity.

But any relief won't be had safely at the Lake Erie shoreline today.

The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement warning of "strong currents" and "life-threatening" swimming conditions for the shoreline from the Pennsylvania State Line to Buffalo. The statement is in effect through this evening.

Gusty southwest winds today are expected to make swimming hazardous, cautions forecasters at the National Weather Service.

Gusty southwest winds today are expected to make swimming hazardous, National Weather Service forecasters say.

Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon ahead of a cold front.

Forecasters cautioned that "some of these storms will have to potential to become strong to severe."

The main threat for severe weather will be from damaging winds, forecasters reported.

And, the next couple days will feature a roller-coaster of weather.

Today: Breezy, with thunder.

A low pressure system passing just north of the Buffalo Niagara region will bring with it today's inclement weather.

Only about a five-hundredths of an inch of rain is forecast in Buffalo, but much more rain could fall in locally heavy thunderstorms.

Winds are expected to gust from the southwest above 30 mph through about 6 p.m., forecasts show.

Temperatures will be in the low to mid-80s but dewpoints above 70 degrees will make it feel very uncomfortable. Heat index values near 90 degrees are forecast this afternoon.

Tonight: Tough sleeping again.

Southwest winds will subside but temperatures don't recede much. Overnight lows are only expected near 70 degrees with humid conditions persisting. Partly cloudy conditions are forecast.

Friday: Near perfect.

Mostly sunny conditions under high pressure. A daytime high of 82 degrees is expected with light west winds and lower humidity.

Friday Night: Warmish and changeable.

Chances of showers and thunderstorms increase toward dawn as a warm front passes through. Overnight lows in the upper 60s.

Saturday: Windy, rainy and very warm

Things get uncomfortably moist again. Stormy weather is likely, especially after about 10 a.m. A half-inch of rain is forecast in Buffalo. Daytime highs will be in the mid-80s with the humidity making it feel even warmer. Gusty southwest winds associated with an approaching cold front could be above 40 mph during the late afternoon and evening hours. Weather service models show a low pressure system that will cause the inclement Saturday continuing to strengthen.


The weather service forecast calls for Saturday to be windy, rainy and warm. (NWS)

Saturday night: Relief is spelled c-o-l-d-f-r-o-n-t

It will remain breezy. Showers are likely. Overnight lows will be closer to 60 degrees through by dawn.

Sunday: Funday

Sunny. Low humidity. Temperatures in the lower 70s.


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