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Long Island temps hit record 82 degrees

Sisters from left, Patrica Keating, Carolyn Miller and

Sisters from left, Patrica Keating, Carolyn Miller and Alison Keating -- all from Scotland -- visit Main Beach in East Hampton. (April 9, 2013) Credit: Randee Daddona

It felt more like the end of June than early April Tuesday on Long Island.

The record temperature for the day at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma was shattered by a whopping 9 degrees as the thermometer skyrocketed by as much as 30 degrees above normal for this time of year, the National Weather Service said.

The thermometer topped out at 82 degrees at 3:39 p.m., beating the record of 73 degrees in 1991, according to the weather service. Records have been kept at Islip since 1984.

"You could almost call this early summerlike, at least by Long Island standards," said meteorologist Joey Picca, noting that the normal high at the end of June is right around 80 degrees.

Picca said conditions were ripe for the warm weather, with the wind coming out of the west to northwest -- a favorable direction to bring in warmer temperatures on dry spring days -- and the jet stream pushed farther to the north.

Still, don't get used to it, Picca said.

"We're going to begin a downward trend," on Wednesday, with rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the forecast, and temperatures in the lower- to mid-70s, potentially in the 60s on the East End, Picca said. Temperatures this time of year are typically in the mid-50s, he said.

Laura Cerrone, 21, was among those Long Islanders who took advantage of the warm weather Tuesday while it lasted.

Cerrone was out helping her dad plant onions and scallions in their New Hyde Park yard. She had already washed the car, and said she was contemplating an ice cream cone run, as "it seems like that kind of a day."

"It's nice to be back in shorts" and needing no jacket, said Cerrone, a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz, who's in the market for a writing job.

Her enthusiasm for the weather showed through in a morning tweet:

"Yard work today!! #muddy #boots #spring #cleaning #fun #sun #sunshine," which included an Instagram photo of her muddy boots.

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