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It’s looking like Christmas will have high temps in the 50s

Volunteers record bird sightings at the Seatuck National

Volunteers record bird sightings at the Seatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Islip on a chilly Sunday morning, Dec. 20, 2015. Temperatures are expected to warm up for the first day of winter on Monday and for Christmas later in the week. Photo Credit: Daniel Goodrich

There won’t be a white Christmas on Long Island this year.

Forecasters said Sunday that despite a chilly end to the weekend, “record warmth” or near-record highs can be expected — a temperate gift for Long Islanders as thermometers begin to rise Monday, the first day of winter.

“The whole Northeast is going to be above normal temperature-wise [this week],” said Bruce Avery, a News 12 Long Island meteorologist. He said that on Long Island, “It’ll be wet weather for Christmas Eve but it won’t be snow.”

That’s the forecast from the National Weather Service as well.

“Starting tomorrow things start to warm up, and there could be record warmth closer to the holiday — in the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday time frame,” Jay Engle, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, said Sunday.

He said that on Friday — Christmas Day — highs could reach the mid-50s, coming close to the record of 56 degrees set on the date at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma last year. “It’s at least gonna be close,” Engle said. “We’re forecasting a hair below [the record] for now.”

Engle said normal highs for this time of year are in the lower 40s, with lows in the mid- to upper 20s.

There will be a chance of showers Christmas Eve, Thursday, when highs in the low to mid-60s are predicted, with cloudy conditions at night and a low around 50. The record for warm Christmas Eve temperatures was set a year ago, when the high was 56.

Christmas night, things begin to cool off again, with lows near 40.

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