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Temperatures heat up records books in Capital Region

Temperatures heat up records books in Capital Region

Hottest Sept. 26 on record as well

The Capital Region registered a record heat wave Tuesday, as temperatures hit at least 90 degrees at Albany International Airport for the third straight day.

The heat wave's late September arrival is the latest on record for the region, according to the National Weather Service's Albany bureau.

Tuesday's high temp also led to the hottest Sept. 26 on record, beating the previous mark of 89 degrees, set in 2007.

Before Tuesday, the latest heat wave recorded took place from Sept. 21 to 23 in 1895, according to the weather service.

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The warm weather was also enough to force schools, in particular their sports teams, to take precautions against the heat during after-school practices. A presentation by a finalist for the Saratoga Springs superintendent position was moved out of the high school's teaching auditorium due to high temperatures.

In Schenectady, Mohonasen and other area school districts, as happened Monday, practices were moved off of the turf, football players trained without padding — helmets only — and coaches planned to give extra water breaks. 

Forecasters said they expected another warm day Wednesday, with a high of around 87 degrees, before a cold front brings cooler temperatures overnight into Thursday. The high Thursday was forecasted to be around 70 degrees, with temperatures sliding to a high of around 62 on Saturday.

The late burst of heat may not be enough to boost the month into the top-10 warmest Septembers on record, weather service meteorologist Evan Heller said. The average temperature so far this month has been 65.9 degrees, short of the the 10th warmest September on record, which had an average temperature of 67 degrees.

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