Quick! Get out the sunglasses, tank tops and pool noodles: A sunny, warm spell is on the way.
To the glee of sun-loving Long Islanders, a string of chilly, unsettled days is about to give way to a stretch featuring sunshine with highs in the 80s, forecasters say.
The picture starts shifting with Friday’s highs in the mid-70s, and Saturday hitting the low 80s in some spots, the National Weather Service says. Then, up we go to the mid-to upper 80s, with sunny skies for Sunday through Tuesday, though the East End can expect temperatures to be a few degrees cooler.
So expect about a 30-degree jump from Tuesday’s high of 56 at Long Island MacArthur Airport.
“Finally, much warmer to HOT weather on the way,” said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist, who sees those 80-degree days extending at least through next Wednesday.
With early June registering nearly 4 degrees below average, the national Climate Prediction Center now strongly favors above-normal temperatures for next Monday through Friday. That’s as opposed to coming in at average or below average.
Normal highs for that period range from 76 to 77 degrees, with 59 to 61 the normal lows, said Samantha Borisoff, climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center, based at Cornell University.
All the credit goes to a flip-flop of a weather pattern that has seen a trough of low pressure stalled over the eastern United States that has led to a stretch of unsettled conditions, while a high pressure ridge settled in over the west, said Faye Barthold, a weather service meteorologist based in Upton.
We had been “stuck in a pattern” and are now “breaking out of that stall,” she said.
The result? “Looks like summer is coming,” she said.