BUFFALO, N.Y. — This past weekend was just the beginning! Even warmer weather is heading to Western New York's way this week.
High temperatures this weekend reached the low 70s both days under a partly to mostly sunny sky. And with temperatures staying at that mark through the week, this will be the longest stretch of 70 degree weather yet this year. In fact temperatures will likely reach 80 for a few days later this week.
A May warm stretch isn't that unusual since daily normal high temperatures for mid-May are in the upper 60s. It doesn't take much to push things into the 70s and low 80s this time of year. Not to mention Meteorological summer begins June 1. But after a cooler start to the month, this will be a welcome change and one that will last all week long.
A dominant upper level ridge and strong surface high pressure has settled into the Northeast and is not going to budge for quite some time. By Wednesday, high temperatures will likely be in the low 80s. Wednesday's daily high temperature record is 89 degrees. The record for Thursday is 86.
Warmth and sunshine are always welcome around here after a long winter, but remember to be safe outside. UV index values will be high this week, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday with little to no cloud cover in the forecast. A sunburn could occur within 15 minutes.
Pollen counts will also be high this week with the dry air in place. Tree pollen, such as maple, ash and birch, is the most prevalent now with grass-born pollen up next.
Anyone that exercises outdoors may start to notice a little twinge of humidity starting Thursday. Dew point temperatures will be in the low 60s, which is comfortable for the summer, but it's been a while since we've felt air like that! Remember to drink more water than you've been used to during the winter.
The last time Western New York experienced temperatures this warm was in early April. There was a stretch of days with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s, with the warmest day of the year, so far, being April 8th when it reached 84 degrees.