The hottest days of summer so far are here

Posted at 6:31 AM, Jul 12, 2016

Find a friend or neighbor who has a pool. The hottest days of summer so far are here!

How hot will it get? It's not out of the question folks living along the Thruway, Niagara and Orleans will see afternoon temperatures in the low 90s.

And if you thought it couldn't get any hotter, wait till Wednesday. Mid 90s for the same areas listed above. However, nature turns on the air conditioner for towns and cities along the shores of Lake Erie. The record high for Wednesday is 94F, set back in 2005. The last time the airport broke a record high in July, you would have to go back to July 22nd, 2011, where it hit a sizzling 95F out at the airport. A strong lake breeze on Wednesday will prevent the airport from getting too hot.

If you were looking for nature to provide some water, look no further than Thursday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will move through the area. However, it won't be enough to put a major dent in the moderate drought across Western New York.  At this point, we'll take what we can get. Since April 1st, a measly 5.17 inches of rain has fallen at the Buffalo Airport. That's a half a foot deficit between April and what has fallen up to Tuesday.

July tends to be the hottest month of the year for Western New York. The angle of the sun is at its highest during the summer solstice (back on June 21st). It takes a few weeks for the ground to absorb that heat and release that energy.

Temperatures have reached 90F twice this year (May 28th and June 26th).

We cool down just in time for the end of the work week. However, we heat up again starting next week.