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Long Island weather: 'Colder than normal' for rest of week

Get ready for "the coldest air mass of the season" and high winds that make temperatures feel below freezing overnight, the National Weather Service said.

Sunny, dry and cool conditions are expected for

Sunny, dry and cool conditions are expected for Wednesday, Oct. 17 on Long Island with highs near 63, forecasters said. Photo Credit: News 12 Long Island

Better get ready for the cold Wednesday evening and overnight, forecasters say.

That’s as a cold front moving across the region Wednesday evening will be “ushering in the coldest air mass of the season,” the National Weather Service’s Upton office said.

There’s a slight chance for showers into the evening hours as the front moves through.

Along with temperatures dipping to around 38 degrees by around daybreak Friday, northwest winds, already gusting to 25 to 35 mph Wednesday evening, will make it feel colder still. 

As for Thursday during the day? Yes, sunny skies are expected, but the weather service says temperatures will struggle to make it up to the high 40s, with gusty winds continuing.

Westhampton could feel as cold as 23 degrees early Thursday, the weather service said. Farmingdale could feel like 31; Islip, 29; and Montauk, 32.

Those gusts mean the weather service issued another small craft advisory until 6 p.m. for waters off the South Shore and from noon to 6 p.m. for Long Island Sound waters. A gale warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday. 

Yes, it really was just seven days ago during a particularly warm stretch that Long Island MacArthur Airport  in Ronkonkoma saw an overnight low of 70 degrees.

Saturday brings chances of showers and highs in the low 60s, and Sunday should be sunny in the low 50s.

It’s looking like more chilliness is in store for next week, as the stretch from Monday through Friday has a 70 percent to 80 percent probability to average out at below normal, the weather service’s Climate Prediction Center said.

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