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Long Island weather: Weekend temps to be in high 40s, low 50s

Increasing clouds ahead of an incoming warm front

Increasing clouds ahead of an incoming warm front will keep temperatures on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, a bit lower than normal; daily highs across Nassau and Suffolk counties will be in the mid to upper 30s, the National Weather Service office said. Credit: News 12

Long Islanders who prefer their weekends to be about 30 to 40 degrees warmer than last weekend’s are in luck.

After potential sprinkles Friday night, both Saturday and Sunday are expected to deliver mostly sunny, dry skies, with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s, and lows in the 30s, the National Weather Service said. In fact, Saturday’s daily record high of 54 in 1991 could be in jeopardy, said News 12 Long Island meteorologist Matt Hammer.

Normal highs this time of year are usually in the low 40s.

A week ago, we may recall, Long Island MacArthur Airport saw highs of 23 and 13 degrees, Saturday and Sunday respectively, with lows of 4 and zero — and wind chills that we won’t even get into.

The tail end of the coming weekend is expected to bring some precipitation Sunday night, to start as light rain in the evening and with the potential to switch to a wintry mix, and possibly to all snow for a period, said Nelson Vaz, weather service meteorologist based in Upton. The storm should be wrapping up by Monday morning.

Other potentials include an inch or so of slushy snow by Monday morning and a messy commute, but whether all those possibilities come to be is dependent on the track of the “quick moving low-pressure system,” he said.

Also too early for specifics is “a complex weather system” that could affect the area midweek, from late Tuesday through Thursday, the weather service said. Again, elements such as the system’s track will determine the precipitation type, Vaz said, so for now it’s best just to indicate “unsettled” conditions.

With Gary Dymski

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