Tonawanda News — NIAGARA FALLS — It sure was a hot one on Friday, especially in the city of Niagara Falls.
On a day when communities across Western New York experienced higher than normal temperatures into the 90s, the city and towns and villages along the Escarpment measured a few degrees warmer, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
Meteorologist Judy Levan said Friday was the hottest day of the year so far in Niagara Falls as the temperature topped out at 93 by early afternoon.
Levan said the temp was slightly higher than neighboring communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline and in Buffalo where she said a southwest breeze helped keep the temperature a few degrees lower.
"It's typical summertime weather — any type of lake breeze will influence what the temperatures are," she said.
The Associated Press reported Friday that several Midwest cities, including St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago and Indianapolis broke heat records this week.
The National Weather Service told the AP the record-breaking heat that has baked the nation's midsection for several days was slowly moving into the mid-Atlantic states and Northeast. Excessive-heat warnings remained in place Friday for all of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois as well as much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky.
St. Louis hit a record high of 105 on Thursday and a record low of 83 — the second day in a row the city has broken records for both temperatures. Temperatures didn't fall below 82 in Chicago, 78 in Milwaukee and 77 in Indianapolis.
Levan said Niagara Falls and the rest of Western New York can expect a break from the 90-degree weather starting today as a cold front begins to sag down from the north, producing temps in the 80s that are typical for this time of year.
"We'll start to see some relief already (today)," she said.