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Long Island forecast: Sun, summer temperatures this week

Who’s ready for shorts and flip-flops weather?

The first stretch of May is set to deliver “a huge warm-up,” with temperatures rising to highs more often seen in June, Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist, said Monday.

Tuesday, the first day of the month, is expected to bring sunny skies, warming up to around 73 degrees at Long Island MacArthur Airport, though areas on the East End and along the South Shore can expect highs in the 60s.

That’s just for starters, as Tuesday will be “giving us the first taste of late spring and early summer for the week,” the National Weather Service said, as a ridge of high pressure sets up over the East Coast. May’s typical daily highs at the airport start out at 63 degrees, gradually rising to 72 degrees by month’s end.

As for Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures are expected to rise to the upper 70s and possibly even the low 80s in parts of northern Nassau, Carlie Buccola, weather service meteorologist in Upton, said. Again, the East End and areas right along the South Shore were expected to be cooler, she said.

Temperatures peaking in the mid- to upper 70s are more common in June, which generally sees normal daily highs range from 72 to 80 degrees, according to the weather service.

In all, Long Island is looking at “a nice stretch of above normal temperatures,” Buccola said, which should be “very welcome.”

As of late Monday afternoon, forecasters were seeing potential for Friday and possibly Saturday to warm up to the low 70s. Temperatures could be in the mid-60s Sunday, which would still be above normal for the day.

The only hint of precipitation for the week, as of Monday, was a 30 percent chance for showers Friday night, the weather service said.

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