Thursday’s weather turned out to be sunny and dry, thanks to high pressure building across the metropolitan area, the National Weather Service said.
Shortly before 1 p.m., the temperature at Long Island MacArthur Airport reached 54 degrees, according to the weather service.
It is “mostly sunny, a little breezy,” News 12 meteorologist Rich Hoffman said, with north-northwest winds of 5 to 15 mph.
Lows Thursday night will fall into the 40s, the service said.
Above-normal temperatures are expected Friday, but the first half of the weekend will bring cooler conditions, forecasters said.
Friday, which is Veterans Day, is expected to see highs of around 60 degrees, but that’s a prelude to a dip, with overnight lows heading down to the low 30s, according to the weather service.
In fact, a freeze watch is in effect in parts of Suffolk County from 3 a.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday, as freezing temperatures in the low 30s could kill sensitive vegetation, the weather service said.
The warmest that’s expected for Saturday is the upper 40s, but bouncing back to the mid to upper 50s for Sunday.
No significant rainfall is in the forecast through early next week, which is problematic as Long Island remains in severe drought, according to Thursday’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
As of day-end Wednesday, the airport’s precipitation for the month was 1.04 inches below normal
“Besides colder weather on Saturday,” Hoffman said, most of the next week brings “seasonal conditions and little chance of rain.”