Most of LI avoids freezing temps

Most of Long Island escaped an overnight freeze warning, with temperatures hovering in the mid 30s, the National Weather Service said early Monday.

A freeze warning was in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday, but only Republic Airport in Farmingdale reported a temperature of 32 degrees or lower, said David Stark, a meteorologist with the Upton-based service.

The airport recorded 32 degrees at 6:28 a.m., Stark said.

Stark said unofficial low temperatures included 35 at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma and 34 at Upton and in the Pine Barrens.

"Really, there was nothing much more than that, because mostly of a north wind from the Long Island Sound that mixed the air," Stark said. "That mixing of air and the dryness helped keep temperatures up a bit."

Originally, overnight temperatures in the metropolitan area were expected to be in the upper 20s to lower 30s, forecasters said.

The high temperature Monday on Long Island is expected to be in the upper 40s, with sunny skies and winds generally around 10 mph to 14 mph, forecasters said.

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