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First week of fall starts with record-breaking temps, NWS says

China Perry, 16, of Port Jefferson Station, and

China Perry, 16, of Port Jefferson Station, and her sister Kaelynn, 10, cool off at Harborfront Park Beach in Port Jefferson on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Credit: James Carbone

Sun-splashed skies, record-setting heat and dangerous riptides at South Shore beaches combined to make Long Island’s first Sunday of the fall feel more like the closeout of a midsummer weekend.

Long Island saw a record-breaking temperature nearing 90 degrees Sunday, beating the previous record of 83 degrees set in 2009, with a warm and humid start forecast for the workweek, the National Weather Service said.

The blazing sun, with the UV Index a high 6, wasn’t the only hazard for Long Islanders who ventured out in the unseasonable heat.

Long Beach Fire Department officials said there were 23 calls for water rescues in about five hours Sunday. Lifeguards were off-duty for the season, so firefighters and civilians took part in the various rescues, said Jake Jacobi, second assistant chief for the Long Beach Fire Department.

“Hempstead lifeguards came down to help us on their own time. They heard us going crazy on the radio,” Jacobi said. “The water looks very inviting, but it’s a bad rip current.”

Jacobi said rescued swimmers were treated for head injuries, cuts from rocks and swallowed water. Their ages ranged from 7 to 60, he said.

State parks officials said a at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a 4-year-old Brooklyn boy was pulled unconscious from a large pool of seawater at Jones Beach left over from recent storms. Jones Beach EMT’s treated the child and he regained consciousness, officials said. They did not provide information on any rescues because of strong rip currents.

The hot weather led to an 88-degree reading at Long Island MacArthur Airport at 2 p.m., with temperatures dipping back down to 83 degrees by 3 p.m., according to Bill Goodman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton.

“We had Jose offshore and high pressure building over the eastern half of the country — much of the country is seeing temperatures higher than normal this weekend,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Faye Barthold.

The lowest highs were on the East End, with temperatures in the low 80s. Highs in the lower 70s and lows in the mid-50s are the normal temperatures at Islip on this date.

Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast for a warm and humid Monday, when highs will hover around 83 degrees and a high surf and strong rip currents are predicted for Atlantic beaches. Overnight lows will be around 67 degrees.

On Tuesday, look for partly sunny skies and a high of 79 degrees. The low will be 65.

A mostly cloudy day is ahead for Wednesday, when the high will be 77 degrees and the low 66.

Another mostly cloudy day comes Thursday, as a cold front moves in along with a few light showers or sprinkles. The high will be 77 degrees and the low will be 60.

Friday starts the weekend with a mix of sun and clouds. Expect a high of 72 degrees and a low of 55.

With Rachel Uda

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Jake Jacobi’s title. He is second assistant chief for the Long Beach Fire Department.

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