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Long Island weather: Frigid cold this weekend

The weather forecast for Saturday, March 4, 2017.

The weather forecast for Saturday, March 4, 2017. Photo Credit: Weather Underground

Don’t put your coat away just yet — despite several weeks of warmer weather, meteorologists are calling for a frigid weekend.

Saturday’s temperatures are around freezing, but it will feel even colder because of the wind chill.

“For all the St. Patrick’s Day parades that happen this weekend, you’ll need all the warm winter clothes,” said Matt Hammer, a News 12 Long Island meteorologist. “We have a colder northwest wind helping make the air temperature feel that much colder.”

Jay Engle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton, said temperatures will feel closer to the midteens, even with mostly sunny skies. The service also issued a special weather statement about increased risk of a fire spreading, should one start, because of high winds and dry conditions Saturday.

Engle said the winds will continue into the night and make temperatures in the low to midteens feel subzero, between zero and minus 5.

Average temperatures this time of year are in the mid-40s, Engle said.

Sunday’s highs will be closer to normal, but still about 10 degrees below average. Temperatures are expected in the mid-30s.

“It’s a touch warmer, there will be less wind so it will feel better,” Engle said.

The weather will become more seasonable to start the week, Engle said, with highs expected in the mid-40s on Monday and mid-50s on Tuesday.

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