LI poised to shatter high temp records

Leah McConville, 5, is pulled by her energetic

Leah McConville, 5, is pulled by her energetic cockapoo Molly, as her family follows close behind during a walk in their Oyster Bay neighborhood. Snow was melting throughout town due to above normal temperatures. (Dec. 21, 2013) (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

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Iced cocoa, anyone?

That might be more appealing than hot chocolate Sunday, with a record high of 62 degrees forecast for Long Island.

That's 3 degrees higher than the previous record -- 59 degrees set on the second day of winter in Islip two years ago, the National

Weather Service said.

Three days before Christmas, mild temperatures also frustrated would-be snowman-makers in 1998, 1994 and 1984, hitting 58 degrees in each of those years, said David Stark, a weather service meteorologist.

Saturday, temperatures in New York City reached 62 degrees, tying the record for the date set 90 years ago. In Central Park, the forecast calls for a balmy 69 degrees Sunday, a high that would shatter the record of 63 degrees notched in 1949 and matched in 1998, Stark said.

The high Saturday in Islip was 56 degrees, just shy of the record of 58 degrees set in 2012.

Showers are expected Sunday evening, with heavier precipitation Monday.

"It looks like we have a pretty good chance of widespread rainfall on Monday," Stark said.

After the warm front exits, high temperatures are expected to plunge to the upper 30s on Tuesday and dip below freezing on Christmas, he said.

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