Long Island will see a 20-degree temperature drop from record highs Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, and Wednesday is expected to be damp and much cooler.
Earlier Tuesday at 11:48 a.m. the thermometer at Long Island MacArthur Airport hit 88 degrees, well above the date's record of 82, set in 2006, said the National Weather Service, which has kept Long Island's weather records since 1984.
Before that, from 1949 to 1983, records were maintained for Upton by the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and during that time the warmest May 27 was 1965, when it was 88 degrees.
Severe weather heralded the change to cooler temperatures in some parts of the Northeast Tuesday night, although Long Island escaped most of that. Still, the National Weather Service said, after some possible scattered showers, temperatures will go down.
A cold front will be building into the area and expect a "dramatic change" to highs Wednesday and Thursday of around 65, with lows Wednesday in the upper 40s, Tim Morrin, a meterologist at the weather service said. Look for Wednesday to be "damp and raw," in part thanks to a shift to northeasterly winds, he said.