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Thermometer breaks 70 today, 80 later this week

The scene on Long Beach late this morning

The scene on Long Beach late this morning as beachgoers enjoy the best weather day of this Memorial Day weekend. (May 27, 2013) Credit: Howard Schnapp

The three-day holiday weekend has ended on a high note: mostly sunny, with the thermometer breaking the 70-degree mark.

"This will be the best of the three days," National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Pollina said Monday. "The winds will not be as strong as they have been."

The day got off to a cold start, as the temperature at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma hit 44 degrees overnight -- nearly 10 degrees below normal, according to the weather service.

"But we're going to warm up to around seasonable for this time of the year," he said.

At 12:42 p.m., the thermometer hit 71 degrees at the airport.

Highs were expected to be in the lower 70s, with some upper 60s on the North Fork, Pollina said. Winds are expected to be in the 10 mph to 15 mph range, he said.

As for the real unofficial start of summer on Long Island, that comes later in the week.

A warm front approaching midweek will boost temperatures, and by Thursday "we actually will have some temperatures in the lower to middle 80s," Pollina said.

Expect that trend -- and mostly sunny skies -- to last into the weekend, with temperatures a bit cooler along the shore and on the East End, he said.

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