High humidity will combine with basic summertime warmth to make the temperature feel like it is near 100 degrees Tuesday, with no significant rainfall expected any time soon. The forecast calls for a high temperature today close to the 1953 record of 94 degrees for this date.
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"Areas away from Lake Erie and Lake Ontario will see those mid-90s for sure, across portions of Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. The coolest readings will be right along the Lake Erie shoreline," Ansuini says.
The warmest temperature ever seen in Buffalo was 99 degrees in 1948. The region has never recorded a 100 degree day.
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In its monthly drought report, the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., announced Monday that 55 percent of the country was in a moderate to extreme drought at the end of June. That's the largest percentage of affected land since December 1956, when 58 percent of the U.S. was covered by drought.
The percentage of affected land rivals even some years of the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s, though experts point out that this year's weather has been milder than that period, and farming practices have vastly improved.