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Long Island weather: Possible record warmth after fog, drizzle

A woman takes an early morning walk through

A woman takes an early morning walk through Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Credit: Howard Schnapp

The last full week of February brings a stretch of temperatures more akin to those of late March and April, as well as chances of rain and the potential for overnight fog, forecasters say.

Tuesday, which could see some patchy drizzle in the morning, was looking at highs in the mid-50s, and Wednesday could end up being the warmest day so far this year at Long Island MacArthur Airport, with a high around the mid-60s, the National Weather Service said in its late Monday afternoon forecast. Normal highs for this week at the airport are 41 and 42 degrees.

Areas of fog, possibly dense, were expected Monday night into Tuesday morning, the weather service said in its outlook for hazardous conditions. A similar fog scenario was looking to be in the picture for overnight Tuesday into Wednesday and Wednesday night into Thursday.

Indeed, record highs are in the offing “if we can break out of the fog Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. The record high for Tuesday is 62 degrees, set in 2016, and for Wednesday, 63, set in 2002.

There’s a chance of showers Wednesday night into Thursday, which was expected to warm up to the upper 40s, the weather service said.

These temperatures come as February was already registering 4 degrees above the normal monthly average, as of day’s end on Sunday.

Winds from the south and southwest will be contributors to the warm-up, with “a Bermuda high parked over the western Atlantic,” the weather service said.

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