Walkers enjoy warm temperatures Wednesday at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

Walkers enjoy warm temperatures Wednesday at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. Credit: Howard Schnapp

After a day in which Long Island hit record warmth, temperatures took a tumble overnight as a cold front ushered in a more fall-like feel for Thursday and the rest of the week, forecasters said.

The thermometer hit 88 degrees at 3:06 p.m. Wednesday, which broke the prior record of 84 degrees in 2013, according to the National Weather Service in Islip.

The high humidity made it feel over 90 degrees in many places on the Island, said weather service meteorologist Jay Engle.

But Wednesday's heat gave way to midafternoon showers and thunderstorms, with windswept rain continuing overnight, the weather service said, and setting the stage for cooler temperatures.

"In the wake of the front, gusty northeast winds will usher in significantly cooler temperatures," the weather service said.

Showers should continue Thursday, possibly ending about 3 p.m., only to resume later, the weather service said. The high will be 61 degrees. 

The service also put out a coastal flood warning for Thursday afternoon for minor to marginal flooding on the North Shore.

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Friday's forecast starts with scattered showers before 8 a.m. The sun should come out, but the temperature is not expected to climb above 66 degrees. The nighttime low, according to the weather service, will be just 44, but clear skies set up a sunny weekend.

Saturday's skies should be clear, with a high of 64 degrees; Sunday should be partly sunny and warmer at 73 degrees.

And then a rainy patch is predicted, which might help end the abnormally dry conditions recently seen on Long Island. Showers could return Sunday night and continue through Tuesday, according to the weather service.

With Joan Gralla

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