Heat continued today, as did air quality alerts which included the entire GLOW region. It was originally reported that the air quality alert (AQI) would be in affect until next Wednesday, but that was obviously changed to 11 pm tonight (Friday). Air Quality alerts (taken from the Air Quality Index [AQI]) are issued on a one-day basis.
The alert included GLOW -- Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
The alert also included Monroe, Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Steuben, Ontario, Yates, Schuyler, Tompkins, Tioga, Otsego, Oneida, Onondaga, Madison, Herkimer, Delaware, Cortland, Chenango, Chemung, southern Cayuga, Broome, northern Cayuga, Wayne, Oswego and Jefferson counties.
High pressure was responsible for supporting another day of summer-like temperatures today, the National Weather Service said in a forecast discussion this morning. Most areas reached the mid- to upper-80s with some parts of the GLOW region approaching 90 degrees this afternoon. Local high temperatures for today included: Buffalo - 84.92ºf @3:54 pm. Rochester - 88.0ºf @3 different times during the afternoon. Silver Lake - 88.0° at 4:55 pm Friday.
Record temperatures online had not been updated as of this editing, but even if we did not break records, we came close again today. Dewpoints for the most part remained below 60 degrees F, so the heat index was not a concern, the Weather Service said. An isolated shower or thunderstorm earlier recorded as possible well inland from the lakes this afternoon, did not occur. A better chance for showers and thunderstorms arrives today (Saturday) and Sunday with the passage of a cold front, the Weather Service said.