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LI sets record for stretch of no 90 degree days at MacArthur Airport

Eleven-year-old Christiana Yerinides of Connecticut enjoys the sun

Eleven-year-old Christiana Yerinides of Connecticut enjoys the sun on her boogie board in the waters of Jones Beach State Park on the afternoon of June 30, 2015, when temperatures only hit a high of 80 degrees. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

It's one for the weather books.

Long Island saw a high of 80 degrees Tuesday at 1:58 p.m., breaking the mark for the most consecutive days in which the high temperature failed to reach 90 degrees at the Island's official weather site, MacArthur Airport. The current streak, now at 710 days, comes on the heels of four years -- 2010 through 2013 -- that each saw at least 10 sizzlers, with seven considered the annual average.

That's according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, based on official records kept since 1984 by the National Weather Service.

So, when will it get roasting hot again? Well, not this long holiday weekend, meteorologists say.

Both weather service and News 12 meteorologists say to look for highs in the high 70s to low 80s for Wednesday through Sunday.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are "all at least partly sunny," said Bill Korbel, News 12 meteorologist. "The chance of any showers is slim over the weekend."

Sunday looks to be the standout, at least as of Tuesday afternoon's forecast, he said, with highs in the low- to mid- 80s.

Further out toward mid-July, Bob Smerbeck, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, said he sees a likely temporary break in the persistent weather pattern that's set the stage for the dearth of 90s -- a ridge of high pressure over the West Coast leading to a jet stream dip into the East -- so temperatures could rise then.

Indeed, the Climate Prediction Center indicates a slightly better chance in July for above-normal temperatures than for at or below normal, with 81.7 degrees the average high for the month. As for the present string of no-90s, "we'd see more of these stretches" if weather data went back further than 31 years, said Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the regional center.

Still, this stretch is "noteworthy as it's not a common occurrence," she said. Indeed, it was preceded by another uncommon string, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, which saw, respectively, 17, 12, 11 and 10 days in the 90s.

While the airport has yet to reach 90, other spots nearby certainly have. In June alone, LaGuardia Airport saw three 90-degree days and Kennedy Airport recorded one.

The previous longest no-90s streak at MacArthur was 709 -- from July 6, 2003, to June 13, 2005, the climate center said.

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