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Warm weather to continue before rain moves in Monday night

Western New York's extended run on summer will continue through Monday evening, when Mother Nature ushers in some rain.

Sunday's shaping up to be a repeat of Saturday, offering another day to enjoy the outdoors.

Saturday's high temperature reached 73 degrees, with Sunday promising to be even a bit warmer, with highs in the low 70s forecast along the lake shore and mid to upper 70s further inland. Still, it's not expected to be one for the books.

"We're not breaking any records," said Jim Mitchell, National Weather Service meteorologist. But the recent warm days are still "a solid 15 to 20 degrees above average."

The highest temperature recorded in Buffalo for Oct. 22 is 81 degrees in 1979.

The warm, sunny days are due to a jet stream remaining north of the area, well into Canada – the usual major dividing line between cooler and warmer air. "It's blocking out the cooler air in Canada," he said.

Monday is expected to reach the upper 60s to low 70s with some cloudiness, before a cold front brings a soaking rain that evening. Highs will be in the 60s on Tuesday with lake-enhanced scattered showers remaining into Wednesday. Then it will be much cooler – in the mid-50s midweek – before a drying trend develops Thursday night into Friday, with temperatures rebounding  to the upper 50s and lower 60s and a return of sunshine.




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