If your outside plants are sensitive, they may have needed the equivalent of a light coat overnight.
A frost advisory was issued by the National Weather Service, prompting plant lovers to take action because temperatures in the mid 30s arrived a bit early. The advisory ends 9 a.m. Friday.
"It's still the growing season," said meteorologist James Connolly of the service's Upton office. "Temperatures are below normal."
Normal for now is 45 degrees, Connolly said. Later this week, another frost advisory may be issued for Sunday night into Monday as temperatures are expected to dip to the 30s again, ahead of the Nov. 1 end of the climatological growing season, Connolly said.
"Don't panic," said Carol Isles, president of the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association. "Be calm and bring your plants in."
People are also advisedto position plants on the side of the house away from the wind, Isles said. Late season plants will still have life, but it may be time to say goodbye to midseason plants, such as begonias, she said.
With plenty of sunshine streaming down on Long Island on Thursday, temperatures hit 51 degrees but the "real feel" was a few degrees chillier, according to the National Weather Service.
That’s due to breezy conditions and a cold front that moved through the region Wednesday evening, which brought in "the coldest air mass of the season," the National Weather Service said. Just before 11 a.m., Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma reported a temperature of 45 degrees with winds from the northwest of 14 mph. Conditions felt more like 39 degrees, given the wind chill.
The normal high for the day at the airport is 62 degrees, with 45 the normal low.
With sunny skies, Friday is expected to warm up to the low 60s. Saturday, with chances of showers, is also expected to be in the low 60s. And then Sunday, temperatures will go down to the low 50s.
With Patricia Kitchen