Astronomical winter begins Monday at 11:48 p.m., and what’s in store for the days ahead won’t spell white Christmas.
“More warm weather with the chance of record highs four out of the next five days,” is what’s being predicted, News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said Monday, four days before Santa’s visit.
If you’re can do without wind-swept snow drifts and bitter cold, then this winter season so far is made to order.
“No snow in sight,” Hoffman said.
Monday calls for increasing clouds and breezy conditions across Long Island, the National Weather Service said. It will be slightly warmer than normal, with daily highs for Nassau and Suffolk counties in the mid-50s, according to the service’s Upton office. Southwest winds will blow from 15 to 20 mph.
Rain enters the picture Tuesday and Wednesday but both days, along with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, could produce daily record high temperatures, Hoffman said. Temperatures will range from the upper 50s to the low 60s.
Hoffman said the daily high on Christmas Eve could reach the low 60s, surpassing the mark of 60 in 2014. On Christmas Day, Friday, daily highs could reach 60, threatening the high temperature mark of 56 degrees, set in 1994 and 2014.
December is on track to be the warmest on record for Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, where the service maintains its records for Long Island, and for New York’s Central Park, Hoffman said.
Monday’s record warm temperature — 58 degrees in 2012 — appears safe. It’s supposed to get up to 56 degrees, with clouds and windy conditions giving way to spotty showers toward Tuesday morning, Hoffman said.
Scattered showers are in store for Tuesday, mainly before 2 p.m., the service said. Highs could reach 59 degrees, nearing the mark of 61 in 2013.
On Wednesday, heavy rain could be possible, with temperatures matching the daily record high of 59 in 2006.