Record Breaking 80 Degree Temps Possible Today

Damaging Thunderstorms Possible Later



(WBEN) As Aprils typically go, today will be a scorcher, but damaging thunderstorms loom. 

"The record high for Buffalo today is 84 degrees. There will be some areas, especiually right alongthe Lake Erie shoreline and across portions of the Niagara Frontier that could reach into the upper 80's," says National Weather Service Meterologist Dave Thomas.   HEAR MORE FROM THOMAS On The WBEN Liveline AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

The extra warm day will be marred by a cold front that will bring thunderstorms to greater Buffalo between 5 and 6 tonight, after appearing an hour earlier in and around  Chautauqua County.  Some may include damaging wind gusts, Thomas says.

Here's the forecast discussion from the National Weather Service:

Summer conditions will remain across the region today with air temperatures peaking in the 80s, a bit of humidity in the air and a light south wind. A cold front will send showers and thunderstorms, some of which may produce damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall, across the region late this afternoon and evening. Cooler, yet still above normal temperatures will remain through the end of the week.

Summer-like warmth will remain into the evening hours before a cold front and showers/t-storms roll through and mark an end to the brief warm spell. Low temperatures tonight will drop back into the upper 40s across far WNY, while lower 50s will be the low temperature from the Genesee Valley eastward.

For these showers and will remain dry well into the afternoon hours as the cold front and associated precipitation slowly advances eastward with the upper level flow nearly parallel to the frontal boundary. There likely will be a pre-frontal band of showers and thunderstorms forming this afternoon across Ohio that will reach Chautauqua County between 4 and 6pm. This band of showers and storms will pass eastward, reaching the eastern Lake Ontario region during the evening hours. A second and less robust band of showers will likely lie along the cold front that will push across WNY during the evening hours, and later east of Lake Ontario.

SEVERE POTENTIAL:  These storms will have a potential to become severe with damaging wind gusts the primary concern


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