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Oppressive heat sparks rare weather warning for region

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It will be oppressively hot and humid again Monday, with heat index values reaching 105 degrees. That has prompted the National Weather Service to post a rare excessive heat warning for our region. It runs through 10 p.m.

But Meteorologist David Church says relief from the heat is not expected until next weekend at the earliest.

"This heat wave does carry on for quite a number of days. The peak of the heat is today and tomorrow with the heat index of 105," Church said. "But Tuesday through Thursday, heat index values will still be above 100."

Church says the prolonged heat wave will take its toll. People should limit their exposure to the sun by seeking shade or indoor air conditioning while drinking plenty of water.

The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library is opening many of its air conditioned branches today. Specific locations and hours are listed at the library website.