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Coldest April in 75 years, warmest May ever: You're up, June

This spring in Western New York has been the most topsy-turvy one on record.

The snows and ice of Buffalo's coldest April since World War II were followed by its warmest May ever recorded.

"There is a saying that 'It went straight from winter to summer without a spring,' but it was never a truer statement than our weather this year," said Steve McLaughlin, a retired National Weather Service meteorologist, in his monthly weather wrap-up on Facebook. "After the coldest April in 75 years, we were treated to a complete turnaround with our warmest May ever recorded."

What will June have in store?

"Equal chances of below, near or above-normal temperatures," according to the Climate Prediction Center's outlook for the month.

That could mean when all's said and done, the spring — which includes April, May and June — could go down as just about average in the books overall.

"You get to normal through peaks and valleys," said Kirk Apffel, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

The average temperature for May was 65 degrees. That was 8.1 degrees warmer than average.

April's average temperature — 39.2 degrees — was nearly 7 degrees below normal.

Buffalo's coldest April since World War II in the books

The 25.8 degree swing was the biggest change from one month to the next on record in Buffalo, McLaughlin said.

On average, May runs about 11 degrees warmer than April.

McLaughlin's notebook for May also pointed out:

  • There were 25 days of 70 degrees or more — the most ever in Buffalo in a single May.
  • Nine days reached at least 80 degrees, with one 91-degree day logged May 30.
  • Only two days were cooler than normal in May with 28 days above-normal for temperature and one day at par.

"It really did have remarkable statistics," McLaughlin stated.

What's more, May became the fifth month this decade to set an extreme temperature record. Other warmest months on record in Buffalo over that time include February 2017, August 2016, December 2015 and March 2012.

February 2015 was Buffalo's coldest February ever recorded.

The summer-like warmth of May melted away the memories of April, which featured the first April with an average temperature below 40 degrees since 1975. The chilly April also tied a record for 11 days of measurable snowfall, which amounted to near 7 inches overall.

So far, early June is following a similar roller-coaster-like pattern.

"If anything, the weather we're getting now is more typical spring weather," Apffel said.

After three days of above-normal temperatures to start the month, Monday's high in the mid-60s was below the average high of 72 degrees. The thermometer didn't make it out of the 60s on Monday for the first time since May 23.

Apffel said to expect more below-average conditions through the middle of the week, thanks to a pool of cooler air.

"After that, things are going to start building closer to normal from Thursday to Sunday," Apffel said. "It'll be in the mid-70s."

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