Gusty March winds and cooler than normal temperatures will dominate much of the week, but warmer and wetter weather is expected Thursday, forecasters said.
"The normal high temperature for this week on average is 51 degrees and the normal low on average is 32 degrees, according to News 12 Long Island meteorologist Samantha Augeri. "We will be colder than normal through Wednesday and temperatures will be near record low tonight. I'm forecasting 20 degrees at Islip Airport, and the record low is 19 set in 1988."
But Long Islanders can look forward to some sun over the next few days.
"We're looking for a partly to mostly sunny day today and Monday," said Peter Wichrowski, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service at Upton. "Highs will be in the upper 30s but gusty northwest winds will make it feel mostly in the 20s." Winds will gust from 20 to 30 miles per hour but when the temperatures dip at night the winds will die down.
On Monday more of the same as Sunday with highs in the 30s and winds gusting about 20 miles per hour making temperatures feel like the lower 20s.
"You could see a stray snow flurry and some clouds roll in Tuesday through and Wednesday," Wichrowski said.
Tuesday's highs will be in the upper 30s and skies should be mostly sunny. "Winds will be less with an area of high pressure overhead," Wichrowski said. "The wind should be pretty light Tuesday and Wednesday night with lows in the 20s."
Wednesday's highs will be in the mid to upper 40s and winds will begin to pick up out of the south. A rain shower is expected late Wednesday night through Thursday morning with a total accumulation of about a half to three quarters of an inch.
On Thursday clouds and some showers may return but highs get into the 50s.
" "It'll be cooler near the South Shore with winds coming in off the chilly water," Wichrowski said. "It will be a warm day but there'll be gusty southwest winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour."
Friday's highs will be in the mid 40s but at night a couple of scattered showers could roll in. "It remains a little unsettled," Wichrowski said. Nighttime temperatures will be in the upper 20s to low 30s.
Augeri said there will be a little more waiting to do until it feels like spring is really here.
"Spring weather likely won't arrive for good until the start of April with the pattern we're in," she said.