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Warmer week begins with sunny Super Bowl Sunday

Brian James of West Islip, with his son

Brian James of West Islip, with his son Ryan, 4, where they took advantage of warmer weather as Ryan practiced bicycling at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, on Sunday. Credit: James Carbone

Long Island will get a brief preview of the groundhog-predicted early spring this week, with highs in the 50s on Tuesday.

Temperatures start to increase on Monday, which will be sunny with a high near 49, leading into a slight chance of rain later Monday into early Tuesday morning.

That glimpse of spring will be a mostly sunny day on Tuesday, with a high near 53.

David Stark, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Upton, noted while 53 degrees will feel warm, especially compared to last week’s harsh below freezing temperatures, it’s not unusual for this time of year — and won’t stick around for long.

“In this case we’re in a situation where the weather pattern is changing more frequently, so we’re seeing these fluctuations,” he said.

The shift in wind direction is pulling warmer air from the south, warming up the East Coast.

“I would not get too excited yet,” Stark said. “These types of things can change really quickly.”

Temperatures will drop a bit Wednesday, which will be mostly sunny with a high near 40 and a chance of rain in the evening, the NWS said. The rain may continue all day Thursday and into Friday, with highs at 45 and 50 degrees, respectively.

Forecasters said Saturday will kick off the weekend dry and sunny with a high near 36 degrees.


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