Forget about highs in the upper 60s. Long Island MacArthur Airport registered 70 degrees at just around 4 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.
The last time the airport recorded 70 or above was Oct. 29, when 73 was reached, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.
Forecasters had been expecting a high of 69 for the day, said Faye Barthold, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.
Wednesday, then, can boast of being the warmest day so far this year, as well as the fourth day in a row for 60-degree or higher weather.
The service's Upton office also said the dry conditions, low relative humidity and some north winds gusting up to 25 mph "will result in an enhanced risk for the growth and spread of any wildfires that develop."
The service warned residents to be careful with any outdoor burning or discarding smoking materials all day Wednesday.
Look for Thursday to be mostly sunny and cooler, with highs near 58, according to the News 12 Long Island weather page.
With Gary Dymski