It’s been a while since local weather reports have included the term “windchill,” but here it is Tuesday, reminding Long Islanders that it’s advisable to have scarves and coats at the ready.
While temperatures may be in the low to mid 50s – with 54 reported just before 1 p.m. at Long Island MacArthur Airport – wind gusts were making it feel a bit chillier, down into the 40s, according to a Tweet from the National Weather Service’s Upton office.
As of shortly past 2 p.m., the temperature was still 54 at the airport, but the windchill was 49 degrees, according to the weather service’s website.
The windy conditions were expected to continue overnight, making the already below-normal forecast low in the mid-30s feel even colder, said Carlie Buccola, weather service meteorologist in Upton. The normal low for this time of year is 43 degrees, she said.
Look for overnight wind chills as low as 28 to 32 degrees, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.
The windy conditions are the result of a pressure gradient, Buccola said, with a high pressure area to the west and a low to the east, and the flow developing in between.
Wednesday, Hoffman said, is expected to bring mostly sunny skies, highs in the low 50s and breezy conditions.
“Temperatures remain cooler than normal through most of the week,” he said.
Normal daily highs for this time of year are around 60 degrees, he said.