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Heat Advisories expire after record warm week

Friday's heat added to the already record-breaking heat wave.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Heat Advisory for Erie, Wyoming, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties expired Friday at 8 p.m.

Tropical-like humidity and high temperatures will combine to bring an afternoon heat index near the triple digits. Heat related illness, such as heat exhaustion, is possible with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity levels making it feel close to 100 degrees.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation also notes that high heat and humidity could cause enhanced pollution to impact urban areas. Those who are sensitive to this should use caution when spending time outside during hot days.

Staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen and light colored clothing, and taking breaks inside in the A/C are all ways to combat the heat and prevent heat related illness. And don't forget about pets! Concrete can reach up to 125 degrees in direct sunlight and car temperatures can feel like the triple digits in a matter of minutes when left parked in the sun. 

The record for consecutive days with high temperatures at or above 90 degrees was set in July of 1988 with seven days in total. This week's heat will likely break that record by one day.

Between 4:30 and 5 p.m., 98 degrees was recorded at the NWS-Buffalo headquarters by the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. 

Fun facts:

  • the hottest July day ever on record
  • hottest Buffalo day in 67 years (and hottest of 21st century)
  • second hottest day of all time (we hit 99 once, in 1948)


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