Warmer temps greet Easter weekend on Long Island

Brian Oleksiak, of Rockville Centre, hits the links

Brian Oleksiak, of Rockville Centre, hits the links at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow as warm temperatures are expected to hit our area. (March 30, 2013) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Hello, spring!

Milder weather is expected Saturday through most of the weekend and into Monday as warmer air moves into the region, finally breaking the pattern of chilly, below-average temperatures, forecasters say.

"Spring is definitely starting to make its entrance," said Dan Hofmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton.

Across Long Island, the high temperatures are expected to be about 55 degrees -- 3 degrees above normal for this time of year -- with areas near the shore feeling a bit cooler, Hofmann said.

Although the first day of spring was March 20, it hasn't really felt much like it until now.

During the past two weeks, on average, the region has experienced high temperatures that were about 5 degrees below normal.

"Most of the last half of March was below normal," Hofmann said.

This weekend, however, the atmosphere's wind pattern is changing. Cooler air that has been funneling down toward the area from the north will give way to warmer air from the south and southwest, Hofmann said.

Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, temperatures will continue to be in the 50s, with cloud cover increasing throughout the day and rain showers expected between 5 and 8 p.m.

Temperatures for Monday will hit the mid to upper 50s again.

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