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Long Island weather: Unseasonably warm for New Year's Day

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman has

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman has a look at the weather forecast on New Year's Eve 2019, predicting temperatures in the mid-to-high 40s during the day and high 30s around midnight.  Credit: News 12 Long Island

If the weather is any indication of a prosperous future, Long Islanders are in for a strong 2020 because the new year kicks off with unseasonably pleasant conditions, according to the National Weather Service.

David Radell, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Long Islanders would only need a light jacket and sunglasses over the next few days.

"We have a nice couple of days shaping up for New Year's Day and Thursday," he said. "New Year's Day and Thursday for the Island look mostly sunny."

To that end, Wednesday's high is expected to be in the low 40s with temperatures inching up Thursday and for the rest of the week. The high Thursday is expected to reach the mid-to-upper-40s, he said, adding temperatures are gauged at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. 

"We are still on a little bit on the warm side through the end of the week," Radell said.

Average highs for this time of year are in the lower 40s, he said.

But it's not all stroll-in-park conditions, Radell said.

Clouds begin to roll in late Thursday night and that's when rain is expected. Rain will continue all day Friday into early Saturday, Radell said. Between Friday and Saturday morning, between a 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch of rain is predicted on Long Island, Radell said.

However, the temperatures will remain unseasonably warm, highs for both Friday and Saturday are expected to hit the lower-50s, he said.

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