There us an excessive heat watch in effect for WNY until Thursday at 6pm. This is the first time in my life I have ever hear of such a thing for this part of the country. The record heat is wide spread. Parts of 32 states plus Washington, D.C., were under heat advisories, warnings or watches today as a deadly heat wave that blasted the Midwest expanded eastward.

Actual temperatures in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York were expected to flirt with 100 degrees in the coming days.

Along with the heat, patchy but severe thunderstorms were forecast across the upper Midwest, through the Ohio Valley and into the mid-Atlantic region.

Where the storms hit, humidity could become even more stifling afterward, Chris Vaccaro, a National Weather Service spokesman, said Tuesday.