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Warmest Bills home game since 2002 forecast for Sunday

Five times this century, the mercury has soared to 80 degrees in Buffalo on game day.

The sixth is forecast this Sunday when the second-place Buffalo Bills host the Denver Broncos at 1 p.m. at New Era Field in Orchard Park.

The National Weather Service calls for sunny skies and a high of 85 degrees.

Sunday's temperatures peak at 85 degrees about 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. (NWS Buffalo)

The weather service forecast shows a kickoff temperature of 82 degrees with southwest winds of 6 mph.

Forecasts show Sunday afternoon just gets warmer. The temperature is forecast to peak at 85 degrees by 3 p.m. and remain there through the post-game tailgate.

It will be the warmest regular season home game in Buffalo since an 89-degree day on Sept. 8, 2002, when the Bills lost in their home opener to the New York Jets, 37-31.

And, it will be the first time since Sept. 25, 2011, that the temperature at a Bills' home game will reach 80 degrees or more.

On that day, the Bills beat the New England Patriots, 34-31. The temperature hit 82 degrees.

The Bills are 2-3 on 80-degree home games in the 2000s.

Other 80-degree days at "The Ralph" included:

Sept. 25, 2005: 80 degrees in a 24-16 loss to Atlanta.

Sept. 9, 2001: 90 degrees in a 24-6 loss to New Orleans.

Sept. 10, 2000: 82 degrees in a 27-18 win over Green Bay.

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