While a daily temperature record was broken Wednesday at Long Island MacArthur Airport, the proverbial mercury didn't quite make it to the 90-degree mark.
At 2:43 p.m. 89 degrees was reached, breaking the record of 87 set in 2004, said David Stark, National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton.
If that had pushed just 1 degree higher, Wednesday would have been the first 90-degree day since last July 20, when the high was 90 on the nose, forecasters said.
The average date for moving into the hot zone is June 16, according to the weather service, which for the past 30 years has maintained the Island's weather records for the airport.
Last year's first day in the 90s was June 24, when the temperature reached 92.
Hot-weather lovers will be dismayed to hear that a slight cooling trend is settling in, with Stark saying to look for temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s in the coming days, possibly dipping to the mid- to upper 70s for the weekend.