Long Islanders lost an hour of sleep on Sunday but they're gaining some good news. This week's temperatures might warm up enough to bring on spring fever.

"We're finally getting back to near normal conditions," said Brian Ciemnecki, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton. "Normally this time of year we should be averaging highs of 45 degrees and we haven't been there for quite some time. With all the snow on the ground we're going to see some melting."

For Sunday expect sunny skies with temperatures reaching highs in the low 40s, and at night it will be mostly clear with some clouds that could move in after midnight.

And yes, snow does appear once again, but only in the form of scattered flurries overnight. There will be no accumulation and the lows will fall to around 30 degrees.

But there is no doubt that it's going to feel a bit more springlike this week.

"The normal high for today is 46 and since Feb. 1 we've only had three days with temperatures in the 40s," said News 12 meteorologist Samantha Augeri. "Wind and pressure patterns are changing this week with winds more often out of the west and southwest. That's a warming wind for Long Island. Overall this week will be more typical for this time of the year weather wise."

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On Monday look for a sunny start to the day, though there could be some lingering flurries. By afternoon highs should reach the mid 40s, with temperatures dropping to the upper 20s at night.

Partly sunny skies are predicted for Tuesday morning, with highs in the low 40s. Clouds increase during the afternoon along with a chance of rain.

"There'll be nothing significant at this point in terms of precipitation," Ciemnecki said. "There's a low chance of rain." At night the lows will be in the mid 30s.

Partly sunny skies return on Wednesday when highs will reach the low 50s and lows will be in the low 30s during the evening.

Sunny skies continue on Thursday with highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 20s under partly cloudy skies.

It will be a partly sunny start to the weekend on Friday when highs will reach around 40. But then on Friday night -- perhaps the return of rain or snow.