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The National Weather Service is reporting that a record setting snowfall blanketed Buffalo and Western New York on Saturday.

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The National Weather Service reports that a record high temperature for the area was reached on Saturday.

An afternoon reading at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport targeted the daytime high at 91 degrees. The previous high for the date was 90 degrees set in 1959.

Sunday's temperatures are expected to more comfortably moderate.

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The National Weather Service recorded a record temperature on Friday.

The mercury rose to 95 degrees, and more potentially record setting heat is expected for Saturday. A heat advisory is being issued for the afternoon hours for the lower Genesee Valley and the Ontario Plain, and the heat index could reach 100 degrees. The risk of heat related illnesses will be elevated Saturday.

Consuming plenty of liquids is recommended.

Dry weather impacting water levels

Jul 13, 2012

As it stands currently, Buffalo is enduring the driest July in recorded history.

The lack of precipitation has local officials keeping a close eye on municipal water levels.  On Grand Island, residents are asked to "voluntarily" limit their use of water.

"Certainly, we've been very dry, even going back to May and June," said meteorologist Tom Paone of the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service.

According to Paone, the driest July in Western New York history saw less an inch of precipitation. That is unlikely to repeated this year.

Dry grounds combined with today's low humidity and gusty winds have prompted the National Weather Service to issue an alert regarding outdoor fires.

The National Weather Service has issued a "Red Flag Warning" from 11am through 6pm today.

"It's pretty rare for us to issue these. Our fire weather season is usually pretty short," said meteorologist Jon Hitchcock. 

"I'd say once every few years we have a bona fide 'Red Flag Warning' event here in Western New York."

Friday's weather brought not only the season's first significant snowfall but also a record accumulation for the day.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning will remain in effect into the evening hours tonight for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, but Aaron Reynolds, meteorologist at the National Weather Service,  tells WBFO News that the rest of the area will see minimal snows today, and mild weather could be the trend for the near future.