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Sunshine stays into work week

Long Island's recent dry stretch will be sticking around for a few more days.

Expect more sunshine and high temperatures in the lower 40s.

The blue skies will hold steady until Wednesday, when some more clouds will move in. A chance of rain and maybe a few snowflakes will be around for Wednesday night into Thursday, with the heaviest of the precipitation for now forecast to stay to the south of Long Island.

Record highs and lows for March 27:

* 76 (1991), 22 (1982) at Kennedy

* 79 (1991), 18 (1990) at MacArthur

* 78 (1998), 30 (2001) at Republic

* 62 (2007), 18 (2001) at Gabreski

This day in weather history:

1920: The worst tornado disaster of record occurred in Chicago as a tornado killed 28 people and caused $3 million in damage. (weatherforyou.com)

FUN FACT: Both February and March featured one day each where the temperatures soared and the mercury rose into the 60s and 70s, well above average for those times. The date? Coincidentally, the 18 in both months. Long Islanders will be hoping that April 18 has more of the same in store.

Source: The daily weather facts are compiled by Hugh Crowther of the Aviation Weather Center. Crowther is a weather historian and has collected and organized weather facts for every day of the year.

Geoffrey Bansen is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, with a degree in Atmospheric Science/Meteorology.

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