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Forecast calls for mild day with temperatures in the 50s

After Monday's mostly sunny skies with highs in

After Monday's mostly sunny skies with highs in the 50s on Long Island, forecasters said, we should see cooler temperatures for the rest of the week. Credit: News 12 Long Island

The first workweek of December sees Monday’s high temperatures in the mid-50s on Long Island nose-dive to highs in the upper 30s and low 40s during the rest of the week, forecasters say. But, for a change, there’s no mention so far of precipitation.

Conditions are to be “cold and drier through the week,” with below-normal temperatures, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.

In fact, sunny or mostly sunny skies seem to be dominating this week, according to the National Weather Service. But, don't plan to settle in to that, as forecasters are also monitoring conditions that may lead to a winter storm later on Sunday.

Early indicators look to keep the system off shore as of Monday, but that could certainly change, said Carlie Buccola, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

But still — oh, that cold.

Just around 2 p.m. Monday, Long Island MacArthur Airport was registering mostly sunny skies and a temperature of 56 degrees.

By that time on Tuesday, thanks to the arrival of ”a much colder air mass,” the upper 30s can be expected, the weather service said, feeling colder with the wind chill.

Temperatures then dip to overnight lows in the low 20s during early morning on Wednesday, which warms up to the mid-30s. Normal temperatures for the day at the airport are 46 degrees for a high and 31 for a low.  

Thursday and Friday could make it up to around 40 degrees during the day.

At this point, there’s no mention of precipitation for this week, with the forecast expected to be “fairly uneventful for a change,” the weather service said.

That refers to serial bouts of rain seen last month, as half of November’s 30 days saw rainfall amounts ranging from a trace to 1.52 inches, and December started out with more than an inch.

In fact, the airport hit a new record for the wettest fall — that’s September through November — thanks to the 19.25 inches of rain that fell. The previous record was 18.55, set in 2005.

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