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Long Island weather: Wind chill makes for a cold Wednesday

Whipping winds put a chill on Wednesday’s temperatures, making it feel like around 17 degrees much of the afternoon at Long Island MacArthur Airport, the National Weather Service said.

While most of Nassau and Suffolk counties experienced daily highs in the upper 20s to low 30s, west winds in the 20-mph range with gusts into the 30-mph range made it feel even colder.

The high winds created some power outages overnight, according to PSEG Long Island spokeswoman Elizabeth Flagler. As of 3 p.m., about 1,900 customers were without electricity, most of them in Oyster Bay in Nassau. By 5 p.m. the number of outages had dropped to 160 customers.

Flagler said the outages were because of the winds.

Wednesday night temperatures are expected to fall to the high teens with increasing clouds. Winds subside to about 10 mph. On Thursday, daily highs climb to the mid 30s with more sunshine.

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said for the next seven days temperatures are likely to fluctuate. Cold Wednesday, highs near 38 on Thursday, and by Friday and Saturday it warms slightly, with daily highs in the mid 40s, he said.

It will then get cold again, with temperatures below normal from Sunday through Tuesday.

There’s a chance for precipitation on Saturday, but warm air over Long Island will keep it from freezing, Hoffman said. So, no snow. Only rain.

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