Cold front to end summer weather

Summer officially ended on Sept. 22 with the fall equinox, but that didn’t halt record-breaking temperatures from consuming Western New York throughout the beginning of October.

But while temperatures rose to near-record highs in Chautauqua County and the Buffalo area recently, today marks the beginning of the end of lingering summer weather, the National Weather Service in Buffalo said.

“There’s a pretty strong cold front coming through (this) morning and it’s going to knock the temperature back down,” said Aaron Reynolds, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “It’s going to take away summer.”

A cold front will begin to sweep across the region from mid- to late-morning today and subsequently drop temperatures to below-normal levels for October. Today was predicted to have a high of about 70 degrees and a low of 40 degrees.

On Friday, the temperatures are expected to drop below the normal average of 59 degrees for October with a high of 51 degrees and a low of 40 degrees. Similar numbers are estimated to impact the region on Saturday as well with a high of 49 degrees and a low of 40 degrees.

“We’re going from one extreme to another,” Reynolds said.Reynolds said it’s typical for temperatures to drop off in October, but it’s not as common for it to start with record numbers then fall below the normal average.

In the Buffalo area, separate days in October featured highs of 83 degrees and 82 degrees, which broke previous records for the month. Additionally, Oct. 2 saw an overnight low of 70 degrees, which also set a record for October. The normal temperatures for those days, that observed highs of 80 degrees, are typically in the upper 50s and lower 60s range. Reynolds said the National Weather Service didn’t have specific record keeping for Chautauqua County, but noted that the area typically mirrors the temperatures in Buffalo.

Despite the boost in warm weather, Reynolds maintained the impending cold weather is here to stay.

“It’s going to cool off. This is probably it,” he said.

He said the next seven days are estimated to be below the normal temperature of 59 degrees for October. After the seven-day period, Reynolds said the temperature would rise back to the normal.

“This is typical this time of year,” he said of the temperature shift. “(The temperatures) can be really warm and cool off real quick.”