While Long Islanders may not care to hear about another new cold-temperature record, we have one regardless.

The average temperature at Long Island MacArthur Airport from Feb. 1 through day-end March 23 was 27.2 degrees, the National Weather Service said in a tweet and on its Facebook page.

That's well below the previous record of 32.8 degrees for the same time period in 1993, the service said.

Neighboring areas that also claimed new records for cold are Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, with 30.1 and 30 degrees, respectively. Colder even than MacArthur has been Bridgeport, Connecticut, with an average of 25.6 degrees, breaking the previous record of 30.1 set in 1978.

Already, the month of February -- with an average temperature of 21.6 degrees -- claimed first place in the ranking for coldest February at the airport, as well as coldest month overall, the weather service said, based on preliminary data.

Since 1984, Long Island's weather records for the airport in Ronkonkoma have been kept by the weather service. From 1949 to 1983, the records were maintained by the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton.

More cold is expected Tuesday and Wednesday, with the service's Upton office forecasting mostly clear weather through the early afternoon on Wednesday, when a threat of showers emerges.

The service said daily highs Tuesday should be in the upper 30s, with partly sunny skies and mostly dry air across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Wind chill values, thanks to a north wind between 5 mph and 7 mph, should make it feel between 20 and 30 degrees, the service said.

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman, calling for daily highs near 40 on Tuesday, said it's about 10 degrees below normal for this time of year.

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Hoffman said Tuesday night temperatures will be in the mid 20s, with winds light and variable.

There's a 30 to 40 percent chance of showers Wednesday, starting after about 3 p.m., the service said. It remains cold, with daily highs in the low 40s.

Temperatures warm slightly Wednesday night into Thursday -- overnight lows are in the low 40s -- as clouds and fog roll in.

Hoffman said a storm will move into the area on Thursday, along with a warm front north of Long Island. The service said there's a 70 percent chance of rain Thursday, into the nighttime hours.

Temperatures will be a bit higher because of the warm front; daily highs Thursday in the low 50s and in the upper 40s on Friday are likely, Hoffman said.


By the weekend, however, Long Island temperatures "will be below normal once again," with daily highs in the 40s.