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Buffalo hits 71 degrees in December: Breaks century-old record

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Buffalo set a new record yesterday as temperatures edged up into the 70s.  How long can the warmth last?

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Wood says Buffalo saw unprecedented temperatures yesterday, breaking a more than 100-year-old record for the date set back in 1901.

"We saw a high temperature of 71 degrees which shattered the old record of 64 and that temperature dates back to 1901," says Wood.

In addition, Wood says, "It's also the warmest temperature we've recorded this late in the year. In other words, we haven't had any temperatures warmer than this through the end of the year. Although, we have broken 70 before in January."

Wood says the Buffalo area has hit 70 in December a "handful" of times through the years, but, again, never this late in the month until now.

"The records for the Buffalo area go back, I believe, to the 1870s or 1880s," says Wood. "Here at the office, which is where we keep the records for Buffalo now, it's been here since the 1940s."

Wood adds a cold front is on the way and we may see some snow this weekend, but another warm up may be in store next week as we approach Christmas Day. 

Just a few weeks ago, the lack of any snow in Buffalo led to another broken record.