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Long Island weather: Cooler temps to follow Tuesday’s record temp

Alison Ventura, 8, and her brother Michael, 3,

Alison Ventura, 8, and her brother Michael, 3, in the pool outside their family's home in Bay Shore on June 13, 2017. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Though it wasn’t an official heat wave — three days in a row at 90 degrees or above — Long Islanders did get a short-lived taste of summer this week. And while two new daily records for heat were marked at Long Island MacArthur Airport, a cool spell will set in on Wednesday, forecasters said.

Tuesday’s high reached 93 degrees, beating out the 92 degrees recorded for the date in 1988. And one unofficial tally at LaGuardia Airport pegged the high temperature for the day at 101, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service.

MacArthur logged a high on Monday of 91 degrees, surpassing the 88-degree mark that was also recorded in 1988.

But for those who like their summer in cooler doses, relief was on its way into the area Tuesday night.

“We have a cold front moving through tonight so that will bring much cooler air,” said Joe Pollina, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Upton.

Pollina expects a range of highs in the lower 70s on the East End to highs in the middle and upper 80s in Nassau. No rain is expected.

And Thursday continues the drop in heat, Pollina said, adding that there is a chance of a shower Thursday night into Friday morning.

“Our next chance for any precipitation is Thursday night,” he said. “We’re in a cooling trend through Friday with the upper 60s on the East End to the lower 70s Thursday and then slightly cooler for Friday.”

With Patricia Kitchen

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