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Mild Long Island February stops short of record high temps

Jackie McKenna, of Huntington, watches Elliot Marcucci, of

Jackie McKenna, of Huntington, watches Elliot Marcucci, of Centerport, hit a volleyball at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. February was mild but not at a record-breaking level, experts said. Credit: James Carbone

Tuesday ended a mild February on Long Island, but the month wasn’t the record breaker it might have seemed to be, according to figures compiled by the National Weather Service’s Upton office.

But a record was set at Central Park, where the average February temperature of 41.6 degrees broke the previous average record set in 2012 of 40.9 degrees, according to the weather service.

“It was a very warm February on Long Island but it didn’t break any records,” Joe Pollina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Upton bureau, said early Wednesday afternoon after completing the service’s February report.

The average temperature for the month on Long Island was only 37.8 degrees — close but not quite reaching the record average of 38.6 degrees set in 1998.

The all-time warmest day for February on Long Island was when the highest temperature reached 67 on Feb. 5, 1991, Pollina said, while this year there were two days that were the warmest for the month when the mercury hit 65 on both Feb. 19 and Feb. 25.

Even if a record for February on Long Island wasn’t set, Pollina said, there were 20 days that were above average — with the normal temperatures for the period depending on the individual day.

For February in Central Park there were 19 days above normal this year, Pollina said, with the warmest temperature being reached last Friday when it was 70 in the city.

Pollina said that temperatures in Central Park and elsewhere in New York City are normally warmer than on Long Island in any month.

“Anytime we have a southerly flow for the Island we get the influence from relatively cold waters — we get that blow off the ocean,” Pollina explained. “New York City receives more heat because of all the buildings and asphalt.”

With Patricia Kitchen

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