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Forecasters: Start of the week mostly sunny, breezy and cold

Monday is expected to be

Monday is expected to be "mostly sunny, breezy and cold," warming up to around 39 degrees, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. Photo Credit: Newsday

If you’re enjoying Monday’s combination of sun and bundle-up chill, you’ll like knowing that similar conditions are in the picture for the coming days, forecasters say. But do stay tuned for a warm-up.

Most of the week is looking at highs in the upper 30s to around 40, and overnight lows in the 20s.

By just around 2 p.m. Monday, Long Island MacArthur Airport was reporting a temperature of 39 degrees, feeling more like 33 with wind chill – and that was from north winds gusting 20 mph. The airport’s normal high for the day is 45 degrees, with 30 the normal low.

The difference for Tuesday is that winds are expected to be lighter, meaning less of a wind chill effect, said Jay Engle, National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton. Same sun, same temperatures, though.

Winds pick up again for Wednesday, he said, bringing back that briskness.

Thursday is looking at partly sunny skies, and after that, here it comes – a warm-up. That’s as the northern branch of the jet stream – one of those high-level, narrow bands of strong winds - which has been delivering this colder air to the area, lifts back to the north, Engle said.

The low for early morning Friday should be in the low 30s, with the day warming to 50 degrees or so, the weather service said.

For Saturday we’re looking at highs in the lower 50s, and that’s as chances of rain enter the picture.

Sunday sees highs in the mid- to upper 40s.

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