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Long Island weather: Thursday’s temperature ties record

The first day of autumn on Long Island

The first day of autumn on Long Island is forecast to be unseasonably warm, with sunny skies and daily highs in the low 80s, the National Weather Service said Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Photo Credit: News 12

Summer may have officially made way for autumn on Thursday, but Long Islanders can look forward to one more day of summerlike temperatures on Friday, forecasters say.

That follows Thursday’s unseasonably warm conditions, with the high at Long Island MacArthur Airport at 3 p.m. tying the record for the day, 83 degrees, which was set in 2005, the National Weather Service said.

That’s the second near-record day in a row, on the heels of Wednesday also matching the daily record of 82, set in 1989.

Friday, too, brings potential for highs in the lower 80s, according to the weather service. The record high for the day, though, is 86, set in 2005, said Jay Engle, weather service meteorologist, based in Upton.

After that, get set for a 10-degree or more dip to the low 70s and upper 60s for the weekend and into early next week, the weather service said.

That’s as an incoming cold front will turn temperatures closer to normal, in the low 70s, for the weekend, said News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman.

“It’s a good weekend,” he said, “for apple and pumpkin picking.”

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