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Hot, humid, heat wave

By Eileen Buckley & Bert Gambini

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Buffalo, NY – Extremely hot temperatures will hang over Western New York for the next few days prompting the National Weather Service to issue a rare watch.

An excessive heat warning is in effect from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday for Niagara and Orleans counties. A heat advisory in effect from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday for Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Wyoming and Allegany counties.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced additional cooling centers will be open in the City with extended hours through Friday.

Centers at Delvan-Grider Community Center on East Delavan and Edward Saunders on Bailey will now be opened to the public from 8:30 a.m. through 6 p.m.

The Father Bell Community Center on Maryland and Friends of the Elderly on East Utica will be open from 8:30 a.m.m-8 p.m.

Hours were also extended from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.at other city operated senior centers at Summer Street at Richmond Avenue and the Autumnwood Center on Clinton Street.

One school district is canceling summer school classes Thursday due to the heat.

West Seneca Central Schools have canceled middle and high summer school programs Thursday because of the excessive heat watch. The district will not provide transportation services for students attending education programs outside of the district. Staff should report.

Forecaster Steve McGlaughlin at the Buffalo Airport Weather Station in Cheektowaga, issued an Excessive Heat Watch. It will be in effect from Thursday morning through the afternoon.

McGlaughlin said the metro Buffalo region will be the coolest spot, but even those temperatures will be shocking.

"The saving grace we have in Buffalo, as usual will be the lake, and especially tomorrow it's going to be pretty windy. But even so, it is such an incredible hot air mass, a lot of the area has a potential of seeing 100 degrees (heat index) away from the lake," said McGlaughlin.

We don't get a break until Sunday night, when a cold front is expected to move across the region, bringing some rain and reasonable temperatures around 80 degrees.