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Long Island forecast: Highs in low 60s

A cold, breezy morning gives way to sunny

A cold, breezy morning gives way to sunny Long Island skies and daily highs in the low 60s, the National Weather Service said Monday, May 16, 2016. Credit: News 12

The start of Long Island’s workweek gets cool, mostly sunny conditions, the National Weather Service said.

Daily highs in the low 60s are forecast for Monday across Nassau and Suffolk counties, the service’s Upton office said, and strong west winds at 15 to 23 mph, with gusts to 33 mph, persist throughout the day.

The day opened with morning temperatures in the 40s, and News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said temperatures through Wednesday will be a few degrees below normal.

“Then mild conditions for the weekend,” Hoffman said.

The low temperature at Long Island MacArthur Airport during the early morning hours was 41 degrees, just shy of the daily record low of 39 in 2000, the service said.

The service in a special weather statement said the dry conditions across both counties means an “elevated risk” for brush fires during the afternoon hours.

The combination of low relative humidity values and dry ground cover also contribute to the increased risk, the service said.

Some clouds develop Monday night, Hoffman said, but winds shift slightly to the west southwest and subside, to about 5 to 10 mph.

Overnight lows are in the upper 40s and give way to a mostly cloudy Tuesday morning, Hoffman said.

There’s the chance of some showers later Tuesday, but daily highs are in the mid 60s.

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