Spring might be close, but it's still feeling a lot like winter on Long Island.
Colder than average temperatures will prevail this week, giving a chilly start to spring, which officially begins on Wednesday, said David Stark, meteorologist with the Upton bureau of the National Weather Service.
"We're not going to be seeing any springlike temperatures" this week, he said. "It's still going to seem more like winter for the first part of spring."
Sunday will be a partly cloudy day, with high temperatures near 40, Stark said. Nightfall will bring chilly temperatures, especially to eastern Long Island. Overnight temperatures will drop into the teens in eastern Suffolk County, while the rest of the county can expect lows in the lower 20s. In Nassau County, lows will be in the mid-20s, Stark said.
Cloudiness will increase into Monday, pushing daytime temperatures into the upper 30s, he said. A rain-snow mix is expected Monday evening, but no snowfall will accumulate, Stark said. Warmer air from the south will begin moving into the area overnight Monday, pushing temperatures to about 40 degrees by sunrise Tuesday.
Rain on Tuesday will be accompanied by highs in the mid- to upper 40s. The rain will continue into the afternoon, clearing by Tuesday evening, Stark said. Lows will be in the upper 20s.
Wednesday, the official start of spring, will be a breezy day, with highs in the lower 40s and gusty winds of 30 to 35 mph, Stark said. The winds will begin to diminish by Wednesday night, leaving clear skies and lows in the 20s.
Thursday and Friday will see highs in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees, he said, with clouds on Thursday that will clear by Friday.