After surviving a snowy and cold first half of February, Long Islanders can look forward to a dry, warmer-than-usual Presidents Day long weekend.
A high pressure system building — along with help from southwesterly winds — will bring temperatures across the Island up to the low 50s on Saturday, said Carlie Buccola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Upton Bureau.
“There won’t be any rain, and it’ll actually be pretty quiet,” Buccola said. “Both days will be mostly sunny.”
Matt Hammer, a meteorologist with News 12 Long Island, said this will be “the best weekend of weather this winter, so far.”
Saturday night, clouds will start to develop and thicken and will “act like a blanket over Long Island to not allow those temperatures to drop as much,” Hammer said.
Overnight lows will be in the upper 30s to low 40s, above the normal low of 26 degrees.
The normal high for both Saturday and Sunday at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip is 41 degrees, Buccola said.
Temperatures will increase even more on Sunday, reaching the mid- to upper 50s, Buccola said.
The record high for Sunday is 60, Hammer said. “While we might get close to that, the forecasted high is 56, which will fall short of that.”
Winds will remain “pretty light,” Buccola said. “We might get a little breezy Saturday afternoon but nothing significant.”
The warmer temperatures will help to melt some of the remaining snow from just nine days ago when more than a foot of snow fell across much of Long Island.
“The big snow mounds made by the plows will likely not melt much, but the temperatures should help clear the rest,” Buccola said.
Although temperatures Monday will be a bit cooler than the weekend, they will remain above normal in the mid- to upper 40s and conditions will continue to be dry, Buccola said.
A few rain showers may be possible on Wednesday, while milder temps show up again with highs back in the low-to-mid 50s, Hammer said.
No big storms are on the horizon, Hammer said. Thursday and Friday look clear before more possible showers next Saturday.