Following a taste of temperatures more akin to those at the height of summer, Thursday, was looking to deliver much of the same, forecasters said.
Look for mostly sunny skies and temperatures heading up to the low 80s or so at Long Island MacArthur Airport, with mid- to upper 80s as you move farther west and north, the National Weather Service said. The East End and areas right along the South Shore could remain in the 70s.
There’s potential that some areas won’t get quite as warm as Wednesday
That’s as a flow “of unseasonably warm air will continue out of the southwest through Friday,” the weather service said in its regional summary. “This will result in record to near-record warmth across much of the region.”
Indeed, the low temperatures expected just before sunrise on Thursday and Friday, could break records for warmest lows for those days, the weather service said.
Look for a dip to the low 60s for both mornings, the weather service said, with 60 degrees the record low for Thursday and 59 for Friday.
There was also potential for a record high to be broken at the airport Thursday, that of 85 degrees, set in 2001, said Jay Engel, weather service meteorologist in Upton.
A slight chance for showers and thunderstorms Thursday night carries into Friday, expected to warm up to the mid-70s – still well above normal for this time of year, which is 64 at the airport.
Wednesday saw temperatures rise to 84 degrees at MacArthur Airport, with LaGuardia Airport tying its record high for the day of 90 degrees, and Kennedy Airport setting a new one — 83 degrees.
Also for Wednesday, along with the hot, dry weather and wind gusts up to 30 mph comes the enhanced risk of any fire spreading quickly, the service said.
There were also elevated levels of ozone, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued an air quality alert for the region, effective through 11 p.m. Wednesday.