If you walked outside on Monday and immediately started to sweat, you're not alone! The humidity was so thick that it was hard to breathe and the was sun beating down so hot that even the best air conditioners were struggling to keep things cool.

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The brutal heat on Monday, August 29 broke the August 29 temperature record in Syracuse, according to the National Weather Service and visitors to the Great New York State Fair were certainly feeling it - as it was the hottest August 29th day experienced at the Great New York State Fair in 50 years.

The National Weather Service reported that the temperature in Syracuse at 2:35 p.m. was 94 degrees which edged out the previous high temperature of 93 which was set in 1953.

The breath sucking humidity made temperatures feel more like it was 100 degrees but factoring in the heat that comes off the many buildings and the acres of concrete, fairgoers reported that it felt even hotter than 100 degrees.

If you're headed to the Great New York State Fair today, Tuesday, August 30, you might want to take shoes that are safe to get wet and maybe a poncho because rain is expected all through the day and there's a good chance an inch or more will fall. If you've ever been to the Great New York State Fair then you know it has many areas that have a tendency to collect and hold rainwater.

Today at the Great New York State Fair, Herman's Hermits and Peter Noone will play Chevy Court at 1:00 p.m., Big & Rich will perform at Chevy Court at 6:00 p.m., and Boy George and Culture Club will play at Chevy Park at 8:00 p.m.

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"More than one million people will come together experience the 18-day celebration of delicious food, eye-opening exhibits, captivating entertainment, and great fun. This year’s New York State Fair will showcase numerous animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of exciting midway rides, and dozens of big-name entertainers... all just a short trip from wherever you live!"

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