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Long Island weather: At 69 degrees, Friday sets daily high temp

The end of Long Island's workweek brings a record high for the day at Long Island MacArthur Airport, which saw 69 degrees late Friday morning. The previous record was 68, set in 1994.

The National Weather Service forecast for Friday includes a slight chance of showers after about 7 p.m., said Jay Engle, weather service meteorologist based in Upton. As of around 2 p.m. patches of morning fog had lifted in most areas, except for the South Shore, he said.

In fact, areas of fog Friday afternoon into evening will be locally dense, leading to hazardous driving conditions, especially south of Route 27, the service said in a special statement.

Visibility could be suddenly reduced to a half-mile or less, said the service, which advises drivers to slow down, use low beams and leave extra room ahead in case they have to make a sudden stop.

The precipitation and unseasonably warm temperatures are ahead of a cold front that moves across Nassau and Suffolk counties starting Friday night, the service's Upton office said.

Daily highs in the upper 60s and low 70s were expected for Friday.

In addition to cloudy skies, Long Island will get southwest winds at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon.

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said it will be warm and breezy, with a chance of some rain starting Friday night and through Saturday.

"We do have a wet-weather threat through Saturday, but it will be spotty and light in nature," Hoffman said.

Hoffman, who expected the daily high record to be broken Friday, said the clouds linger into Saturday morning but overnight temperatures remain mostly warm, 55 to 60 degrees.

On Saturday, it's partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies, with a chance of a few showers and breezy conditions.

Hoffman called for daily highs between 60 and 65 degrees with overnight lows slightly cooler than the past week or so, into the mid 40s.

By Sunday, skies clear, but the cold front drops temperatures to more seasonlike levels, he said.

Daily highs Sunday are in the mid 50s, still comfortable, he said.

With Patricia Kitchen

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