Long Island hit a daily record high Tuesday for a sixth consecutive day when the early morning temperature at Long Island MacArthur Airport reached 61 degrees, and then topped out at 62 degrees a little before 2 p.m.
Carlie Buccola, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Upton office, said temperatures hit 61 “sometime between midnight and 3 a.m.”
That overnight high broke the previous daily high of 59 in 2008 and marked six straight days of record highs in an unseasonably warm December for Nassau and Suffolk counties.
On Monday, the temperature at the Ronkonkoma airport had hit 62, snapping the previous record of 58 set in 2001.
But temperatures will be gradually dropping Tuesday evening due partly to a slow-moving storm system approaching the region. The weather service said the incoming system will generate rain from Thursday into Friday.
Nighttime lows Tuesday should be in the upper 30s with winds still breezy at around 15 mph.
Wednesday looks to be mostly sunny, with daily highs dropping into the low to mid 50s.
Hoffman said the weekend looks to have “December-like temperatures,” with daily highs in the low to mid-40s and nighttime lows in the 20s and 30s.