It's the warmest day of the year.

The temperature on Tuesday reached a high of 82 degrees at Long Island MacArthur Airport, surpassing the 79 degrees recorded there a week ago, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature fell 5 degrees shy of the daily record high of 87, set in 1991.

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News 12 meteorologist Rich Hoffman said there was a slight chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm showing up in the afternoon, but the dry weather trend continues.

"Since March 1 we are 3.30 inches below normal rainfall," Hoffman said.

There's just a short time to enjoy the summerlike temperatures, with a cold front moving in and dropping temperatures by about 15 degrees.

Wednesday's daily highs are expected to be in the mid- to upper 60s, with strong northwest winds 15 to 20 mph and gusts of up to 30 mph.

In a statement the weather service said conditions Wednesday will be "favorable for rapid fire spread."

As a result, the weather service issued a fire weather watch for Long Island, in effect Wednesday afternoon.

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The cooler conditions are expected to linger over the weekend and into the start of next week, although skies should remain mostly clear and sunny.

There is a slight chance of light rain and cloudy skies on Friday and Saturday, however.

Chance of precipitation over the two days ranges from 30 to 40 percent, the service said.