Record Broken!

Longest heat wave in Buffalo history

Tim Wenger
July 10, 2020 - 10:08 am
Friday Highs

Friday's forecast high temperatures/NWS Buffalo


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - A new heat record - 8 straight days of 90 degree heat.

As of 11 AM Friday morning, the Buffalo Airport hit 90 degrees for the 8th consecutive day. This breaks the old record of 7 consecutive 90+ degree days set in 1988.

This follows a record setting day Thursday when the airport reached 98 degrees. That's the second hottest temperature of all time in Buffalo.

Some moderating temperatures are expected for the weekend and the heat advisory is expected to be allowed to expire at 8pm Friday.

Temperatures for the weekend will be summer-like in the 80's according to National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Reynolds.

And in case you haven't had enough heat just yet, forecasters have their eye on another potential heat wave for the region later this month.

"Another heat wave returns starting Wednesday of next week," says WBEN 7 First Alert Meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski. Temperatures are expected to return to the 90's. "We're on track for one of the warmest, if not THE warmest July on record," he said.

All of this warmth has pushed the temperature of Lake Erie to 76 degrees. That's a record for July 10th. The lake has never been over 80 degrees, but, that too, could be shattered this year. "If we continue with this warm weather, there is a potential that could occur," said Reynolds.

By the way, where is the lake temperature taken?  Reynolds said for Lake Erie, the water temperature is taken at a depth of 30 feet at the Buffalo Water Treatment Plant.

A Heat Advisory has been expanded to cover most of the Western New York region through Friday.


* WHAT...Heat index values as high as 100.

* WHERE...Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Northern Cayuga, Oswego, Northern Erie, Genesee, Livingston, and Ontario counties.

* WHEN...Until 8 PM EDT this evening.

* IMPACTS...Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

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