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Warmest day of the year on LI as temperature breaks 80 degrees, weather service says

It's the warmest day of the year.

The temperature on Tuesday reached a high of 82 degrees at Long Island MacArthur Airport, surpassing the 79 degrees recorded there a week ago, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature fell 5 degrees shy of the daily record high of 87, set in 1991.

News 12 meteorologist Rich Hoffman said there was a slight chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm showing up in the afternoon, but the dry weather trend continues.

"Since March 1 we are 3.30 inches below normal rainfall," Hoffman said.

There's just a short time to enjoy the summerlike temperatures, with a cold front moving in and dropping temperatures by about 15 degrees.

Wednesday's daily highs are expected to be in the mid- to upper 60s, with strong northwest winds 15 to 20 mph and gusts of up to 30 mph.

In a statement the weather service said conditions Wednesday will be "favorable for rapid fire spread."

As a result, the weather service issued a fire weather watch for Long Island, in effect Wednesday afternoon.

The cooler conditions are expected to linger over the weekend and into the start of next week, although skies should remain mostly clear and sunny.

There is a slight chance of light rain and cloudy skies on Friday and Saturday, however.

Chance of precipitation over the two days ranges from 30 to 40 percent, the service said.

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