It's swing time for Mother Nature.
The weather may contain a bit of almost everything in the next few days, from above-normal temperatures and showers on Friday to clear skies for the weekend — before the cold returns with a chance of snow, the National Weather Service said.
That’s normal for “meteorological spring,” which covers March, April and May, forecasters said, and is different from astronomical spring, which starts March 20 this year.
“It's somewhat typical spring,” said meteorologist Faye Morrone at the service's Upton office Thursday night. “We tend to see a couple days that are quite warm, then we go back to normal or even below normal for a day or two and things just kind of keep going back and forth.”
Friday's forecast high of 57 would not be a record-breaker but still is about 10 degrees above normal, Morrone said.
News 12 Long Island meteorologist Bill Korbel said the not-so-shabby temperatures are part of a warm forecast along the East Coast, which touts temperatures in the 70s in many states. “We won't get the full brunt of that warmth,” Korbel said, because the ocean waters off Long Island are 42 degrees and that affects land temperatures.
New York City could see the thermometer rise to 64 Friday, the service said.
But forecasters also see a 60 percent chance of showers for Friday, and if you hear thunder, they said, it's not your imagination. Expect patches of fog before 11 p.m., the weather service said.
The weekend should be clear and sunny, with Saturday a little breezy due to gusts of up to 25 mph, the service said. The forecast calls for a Saturday high of 50 and a low of 27, while Sunday should see a high of 42 and a low of 29.
Monday should dawn cold, Morrone said, and with a temperature of about 30 at 8 a.m., don't be surprised if a few morning flakes appear. “Anything that does fall would change to rain,” she said.
Highs on Monday would be in the lower 40s and the night temperatures fall to 27, the service said.
Wednesday is the first day of spring.
With Patricia Kitchen