Temp hits 80 degrees at Long Island MacArthur

If you've been enjoying the nice weather, stay tuned for more as a high pressure area parked over Long Island promises to bring above average temperatures into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The 76 degrees recorded late morning Tuesday at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, was well above the date's average high of 68, said Tim Morrin, weather service meteorologist based in Upton. The temperature since hit 80 around 3 p.m., still shy of the record 83 degrees set in 1986, said meteorologist Gary Conte.

Still, thanks to west, northwest winds inhibiting breezes off the ocean, Wednesday is expected to be the record-tying or breaking day, Morrin said. A high of 81 is forecast for the airport, where a record of 80 was set in 2002, he said.


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Temperatures Thursday through Saturday are also expected to be at least in the mid-70s, he said.

That would be in keeping with the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for a 50 percent to 60 percent chance of above normal temperatures for the month of October.

As for Sunday, there's a 30 percent chance of the arrival of a "potentially wet, slow moving system," Morrin said.

That rain, though, could be seen as welcome, with September having recorded 1.83 inches, which is 1.75 inches below normal, the weather service said.

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