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NWS: Thanksgiving the 3rd warmest ever for Long Island, NYC

Temperatures across Long Island should remain above average for Black Friday after Thursday tied 2004 and 1966 for the third-warmest Thanksgiving on record, according the National Weather Service.

The high reached 65 degrees in Central Park, far warmer than the average of 50, the weather service said. The two warmest Thanksgivings on record for the metropolitan area were in 1933 when the temperature topped out at 69 degrees, and 2007, with a high of 67.

Friday's Long Island forecast calls for highs of 56 to 58 and partly sunny skies, still several degrees higher than the average of 49 for the day at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip.

Friday night the thermometer is expected to dip into the low 40s.

On Saturday, look for cooler temperatures, with highs of 52 to 54. The morning may be cloudy and "it will be progressively clearer in the afternoon," said Matthew Wunsch, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton. Lows Saturday night will be 35 to 38.

On Sunday, it will be mostly sunny, with highs of 52 to 54 and lows of 40 to 43.

Rain is forecast to return to Long Island on Monday.

"The rain could become heavy at times," Wunsch said. There’s a 70% chance of precipitation. Highs are expected to be in the upper 50s.

Then Tuesday brings a 50% chance of rain with highs in the mid-50s.

with David Olson

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