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Sunshine to finish out the week

The nice springtime conditions from Thursday will continue into Friday, although temperatures will be a few degrees cooler. High temperatures will be mainly in the low- to mid-50s for Long Island, with upper-50s to near 60 degrees farther west.

A wind shift is to blame for the cooler temperatures. As opposed to the northwesterly winds from Thursday, Friday's winds will come out of the northeast at 10 to 15 mph.

Clouds will increase Friday night, with low temperatures in the lower 40s.

Unfortunately, the nice weather will not continue into the weekend. Clouds will dominate the first half of Saturday, followed by rain for the evening and overnight period and through Sunday morning. Skies will attempt to clear Sunday afternoon.

Check back in Saturday morning for the complete, detailed weekend forecast.

Record highs and lows for April 15:

* 80 (2006), 33 (1950) at Kennedy
* 78 (2002), 29 (1992) at MacArthur
* 78 (2002), 35 (1997) at Republic
* 75 (2006), 25 (2008) at Gabreski

Source: National Weather Service

This Day in Weather History:

1949 - A hailstone 5 inches by 5-1/2 inches in size, and weighing 4 pounds, was measured in Troy, N.Y.

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.

FUN FACT: The word "meteorology" comes from the Greek word "meteos," which means the "heavens."

Geoffrey Bansen is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, with a degree in atmospheric science/meteorology.


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