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Too hot to handle? Heat indices over 100 degrees forecast this weekend

Did you complain about last Sunday's 69-degree high temperature to round out the first weekend of summer?

Mother Nature's flipping the switch this weekend. And the numbers.

How does 95 degrees sound? What about triple digits?

It'll feel that way in many places across Western New York, federal forecasters predict.

Starting Friday, a robust ridge of subtropical air will start to bring scorching hot temperatures across the eastern United States. It's expected to last into early next week.

Federal Weather Prediction Center forecasts show there's a chance for heat indices to eclipse 100 degrees each of those days and there's a 6-in-10 chance you'll get to experience what 100 degrees feels like on Sunday, with maximum heat indices of 102 degrees expected.

Triple-digit heat indices are forecast as the calendar flips from June into July, including a 13 percent chance that it'll feel as warm as 110 degrees in Buffalo on Sunday. (WPC)

Think of the heat index as the opposite of winter's wind chill.

It estimates what the temperature really feels like to your body when you account for the heat and humidity.

Forecasters said there will be plenty of it.

The National Weather Service said the subtropical ridge of high pressure will put the Buffalo Niagara region "in the heart of what should be a record heat setting airmass" this weekend.

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

The hottest temperatures in the East on Sunday are forecast to occur in upstate New York State and Vermont. (National Weather Service)

Buffalo's upcoming weekend temperature records were both set in 1963.

Saturday's record is 94 degrees. Sunday's is 93 degrees.

The only respite will be for residents who live near the lakes and across higher terrain, forecasters said. Temperatures there are still expected to climb into the upper 80s, however.

Overnight lows on Saturday and Sunday aren't expected to drop below the low to mid-70s.

And, forecasters said extreme heat could persist into Monday.

A weak cool front later in the day could take the edge off of the heat on Tuesday, but temperatures could still reach the upper 80s, the weather service said.

Meanwhile, today could bring rounds of showers and thunderstorms across Western New York.

A warm front associated with a storm system will bring early precipitation across the region today. Then, another round of showers and thunderstorms ahead of an approaching cold front is expected.

Some of the rain could be heavy at times, forecasters said.

Today's forecast high is 77 degrees.

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