Long Islanders who reveled in Monday’s especially mild weather may be equally delighted with Tuesday and Wednesday, which are also expected to bring highs of about 15 to 20 degrees above normal, forecasters say.
“We will get to enjoy a brief return of summer weather the next two days,” said Bill Korbel, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. That’s “as an unseasonably warm air mass will cover the eastern half of the country.”
On both days, high-temperature records “will very likely be broken” at Long Island MacArthur Airport, he said.
Already Monday’s high of 77 degrees at the airport beat out the previous daily record of 76, which was seen in 1996.
The forecast for Tuesday at the airport as of late Monday afternoon was also calling for a high of about 77, said Jay Engle, National Weather Service meteorologist, based in Upton. But the low 80s could well be reached in areas of northern Nassau and southwestern Suffolk, he said.
The airport could reach a high Wednesday of about 81, he said, with most of the rest of the Island also getting on board with the low-80s.
The record to beat for Tuesday would be 74 degrees, seen in 2006, and for Wednesday, 74 degrees from 1998.
With normal highs for this time of year in the lower 60s, we’re talking about 15 to 20 degrees above average, said John Murray, also a weather service meteorologist based in Upton.
On Wednesday a cold front enters the picture, Engle said, with temperatures heading down to the low 70s for Thursday, which brings a chance of showers.
By the weekend, Korbel said, “a return to chilly weather will take place.”