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Hot summer weather to continue

Hot summer weather to continue

Minor flooding risk through Saturday
Hot summer weather to continue
Vehicles plow through flood water on Guilderland Avenue in Rotterdam on Friday.
Photographer: Peter Barber/Daily Gazette photographer

CAPITAL REGION -- The Capital Region's record streak of days with high temperatures of 80 degrees or hotter continued Friday, even as much of the region saw a deluge of rain.

The mercury hit 80 late Friday morning at the Albany International Airport, through rain and clouds later knocked temperatures into the 70s. As a result, the record-setting streak of consecutive 80-degree or hotter days reached 37. The temperature at the airport hit 86 on Thursday, and most recent highs have been in the mid-80s.

There's no end in sight, forecasters say, as the usually dominant west-to-east air pattern has given way to a southern flow.

"It should continue at least through the upcoming week," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Cebulko, in Albany.

What began as a hot, dry summer has given way to a warm, wet streak of weather. It rained so much Friday, on already saturated ground, that the National Weather Service issued urban and small-stream flood advisories across the region. The rain was expected to last into midday Saturday.

Streets flooded in parts of Schenectady and in the city of Albany Friday afternoon. Schenectady received as much as 1.5 inches as of late afternoon, while parts of Albany received more than 2 inches.

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A flash flood watch issued by the Weather Service was to continue through noon Saturday. Showers and thunderstorms were expected through Friday night, with as much as 3 inches of rain falling in some places.

The high temperature on Saturday is expected to be in the low 80s. After Saturday, temperatures are predicted to shoot higher again, topping out around 90 on Sunday and Monday. There is no immediate end in site for highs of 80 or hotter.

The previous record for consecutive 80-degree days was broken a week ago, when the region hit its 30th 80-degree day. The previous record was 29 days, set between June 11 and July 9, 1949. Record-keeping in Albany goes back to 1874.

The streak could fall on Saturday, when the forecast high is only 81. 

High temperatures were 90 or hotter for six consecutive days between June 30 and July 5. The highest temperature for the month was 97 degrees, recorded on July 2.

While July is normally the hottest month of the year in Albany, this July was hotter than most. It ended up being tied for the 10th-warmest July on record. Those records date to 1820.

The mean daily temperature for the month was 76.5 degrees, compared with a normal mean of 71.8 degrees. The average maximum was 87.4 degrees, whereas a normal maximum would be 82.3.

"There's been strong high pressure off the East Coast that allows us to have southern or southeastern winds coming up into our area, bring warm air up from the southern states," Cebulko said.

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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