Expected to bring highs in the upper 60s Wednesday, Mother Nature went ahead and sent a little boost, leading Long Island MacArthur Airport to a record 74 degrees shortly past noon, breaking the daily record of 73 that was set in 1996.
That boost was “an extra surge of mild air” preceding the arrival of a cold front that was moving across the Island, said Tim Morrin, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.
Some scattered showers — in some cases more like sprinkles — were coming along with that front, he said, though indications at around 1:30 p.m. were showing that trend was weakening.
Once they wind down, don’t be surprised for later this afternoon to bring some sunshine, he said.
“A touch of wet weather today — most of the day will be dry,” said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.
As of just before 1 p.m. the temperature at MacArthur Airport was 71 degrees, with winds from the northwest of 21 mph, gusting to 30 mph.
The airport’s normal temperature for the day is 56 degrees, the weather service said in a tweet.
Thursday features dry skies, clouds increasing through the day, and cooler temperatures expected to reach around 60 degrees.
And, for those who make note of such things, MacArthur Airport on Tuesday reached 69 degrees, tying the record, which was set in 2010, the weather service said.