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'Record heat-setting airmass' on the doorstep for the weekend

You want it hot?

It's coming to the Buffalo Niagara region this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures in the 90s are forecast across much of upstate New York Saturday and Sunday, including a scorching 99 degrees at Syracuse.

The weather service said a subtropical ridge will center itself near the region, helping to pump heat northward.

"It will also place our region in the heart of what should be a record heat-setting airmass," the weather service said.

Forecasts show it'll feel like 105 degrees Sunday afternoon. (NWS Buffalo)

The Buffalo Niagara region should be a little cooler than places like Syracuse because of its proximity to Lake Erie.

Forecast highs at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport are pegged at 86 degrees on Saturday and 89 degrees on Sunday.

To the north, however, forecasters are calling for the mercury to soar well beyond that.

Portions of Niagara and Orleans counties are expected to reach the mid- to high 90s both days. Lockport is forecast to hit 95 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

"Temperatures will climb very close to record levels with dew points in the 70s and will produce dangerously high heat indices in excess of 100 degrees," the weather service said. "From this vantage point, there is high confidence that heat advisories will be needed and possibly even some excessive heat warnings."

Buffalo's records for the weekend days were both set in 1963. It was 94 degrees on June 30, 1963, and 93 degrees on July 1, 1963.

 

 

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