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New weather record: August 2021 going down as the hottest on record at the Buffalo airport

Only a hand-full of days were below average.
Warmest August
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Posted at 4:17 PM, Aug 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-31 16:17:24-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As August comes to a close and the official temperature at the Buffalo Airport reached 81 degrees on August 31st 2021, the average temperature for the month of August topped out at 75.7 degrees. By a tenth of a degree, 2021 now takes over as the hottest August on record. August 2016 averaged 75.6 degrees.

Warmest August

There were only a hand full of days with high temperatures below average, and three of them were at the start of the month.

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We also had the two longest stretches of 80-degree weather in the month of August. We ended August with 13 straight days of temperatures above 80, and that included two 90-degree days! The previous stretch was earlier this month and included another 90-degree day.

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We also tied the warmest Lake Erie water temperature has ever been on the 29th and 30th at 77 degrees. It shares the record with 2016 and 1959.

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As the meteorological summer comes to an end (June, July and August), let's look back!

June had an average temperature of 71.3 degrees, this was enough to solidify a finish in the top five for warmest Junes on record. It also had a deficit of rainfall at 1.6" which put the year under by 6.84".

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If you recall, our lawns weren't very green! Then July rolled in and we took a step back in the temperature department but the precipitation was off the charts. The month finished at 7.49" and put July 2021 precipitation in the #3 spot for wettest on record. August finished almost a half-inch above average for precipitation which as a whole keeps the summer as a surplus over three inches.

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If you look at the year as a whole, the total precipitation is up to 23.17" but falls short of the average amount by 2.13." In the grand scheme of things, this deficit doesn't play a big role since the last couple of months helped WNY watershed and took us out of any drought.

To check out the beginning of September's forecast click here for the 7 First Alert Forecast.