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Severe drought hits parts of WNY

Posted at 8:18 AM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 09:29:28-04

Lawns and gardens across Western New York are in need of a good soaker. And unfortunately, the long term trend right now is looking dry. 

As of Thursday, much of Western New York is in a severe drought. Close to 90 percent of New York State is experiencing drought conditions. 

If you were looking for the rain, there are a few windows of opportunity. You can expect a few t-storms in and around the area this afternoon and evening, otherwise you'll have to wait until Monday for the next round of rain.  Much of next week looks dry as well as a surface high will hover over the area keeping beneficial showers away from WNY. To see when the rain will arrive in your backyard today, click on this link.

It could be worse. All of California is experiencing drought conditions. Around 21 percent of the Golden State is in an exceptional drought, including Los Angeles and Anaheim. That's actually an improvement from last year, where almost half the state was bone dry.

If you like the heat, Central U.S. will be the place to be next week. Its not out of the question areas in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska will feel triple digit heat from Tuesday through Sunday.

Western New York won't get that hot. However, expect it to feel like summer, with highs in the 80s for much of the week.

As for the rain, we'll take anything we can get at this point.