Sunny skies and warmer than normal temperatures will make for a “gorgeous” and “beautiful” Sunday on Long Island to open a week of much more springlike weather, including a possible record-breaker on Tuesday, according to meteorologists.
News 12 Long Island meteorologist Matt Hammer said Sunday will be “just a splendid day across Long Island despite a chilly morning start.”
Faye Barthold, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Upton, said it appears that spring might have finally arrived.
“It looks much quieter and drier than the past couple of weeks that we’ve had” on Long Island, Barthold said of the next few days. “It’ll be warmer, but closer to the coast it will be cool.”
Look for highs near 62 degrees on Sunday — the normal high is 55. The normal low is about 39.
“It’ll be a little bit cold to start, especially in the pine barrens and Westhampton, which can typically be the coldest spots,” Hammer said. By 7 a.m., temperatures in Westhampton, Shirley and Farmingdale were only 22, 31 and 36, respectively.
By the afternoon, temperatures will range between the mid to upper 50s and the low 60s, Hammer said.
Hammer predicted highs of 63 in Westbury and Northport, 62 in Merrick and Babylon, 60 in Coram, 58 in Sag Harbor, and 57 in New Suffolk.
There were no weather advisories for the ocean or Long Island Sound on Sunday, and visibility will be an “excellent” nine miles, Hammer added.
Some clouds roll in Sunday night when it will become partly cloudy, but will remain comfortably mild with lows around 45.
Spring fever will really set in on Monday when there’ll be lots of sun with highs way above normal at around 68. Overnight lows will be near 49.
A mix of sun and clouds is ahead for Tuesday, but highs near 70 degrees could mean there is potential to break the record set in 2010 of 69 at Islip. Lows will hover around 52.
The first damper on the week could come on Wednesday when mostly cloudy skies are forecast and there’s the chance for a few rain showers. Highs will still be near 65 degrees with overnight lows around 45.
Another mix of sun and clouds is expected for Thursday when it will cool off a bit to bring highs near 59 degrees and overnight lows around 43.
Some scattered rain showers are predicted for a mostly cloudy Friday when the mercury will hit near 58 degrees and lows will drop to around 40.