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Forecast: String of 60-degree days possible on Long Island

Here come the 60s.

Well, not until Sunday, but still a whole string of 60-degree days is possible into Thursday -- along with the regular weather iffiness, meteorologists say.

That's as a high pressure system sticks around through mid-week, said David Wally, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.

And, after months of below-normal temperatures, some even record-breakingly so, these possible highs in the low 60s would actually be above the norm for this time of year, which is around 57 degrees, said Bill Korbel, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.

With sunny skies forecast for Saturday, highs were expected to be just shy of 60 -- at 59 degrees -- at Long Island MacArthur Airport, the weather service said. After that, look for highs of 60 to 63 or 64, meteorologists said Friday.

What could introduce a damper on some days would be onshore flows, those winds coming in off the cold water, said Jay Engle, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

That could mean a near-miss or a short-lived 60s reading, with Monday and Wednesday having the best chances for widespread 60s, he said. What's most important, he said, is that Long Islanders are getting a break from this week's "cloudy, dreary" conditions, with sunny or mostly sunny days predominating.

Korbel also points to ocean breezes developing "that would make things a bit cooler, especially along the South Shore and East End because ocean temperatures are still in the low 40s."

He sees that primarily for Thursday, and has "high confidence that temps will be 60 or above from Sunday at least through next Wednesday."

Interestingly, the last time the airport saw 60 degrees was the day before Christmas -- Dec. 24, 2014, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.

And should the airport, indeed, see 60 on Sunday, that would tie the record for the latest day in a year for the first 60 degree reading, based on weather service data for the airport going back to 1984.

The record? That same day -- April 12 -- of 1984, when the airport hit 60 on the nose.


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