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Long Island weather: Saturday’s high of 56 ties record

People take in the sunshine and warmer weather

People take in the sunshine and warmer weather as they walk around Argyle Lake in Babylon Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Saturday’s mild temperatures tied a record high set back in 2013 with a high of 56, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters said this weekend’s temperatures in general are above average and in stark contrast to early January.

A system of warm winds from the west and southwest brought the warmer temperatures to the area for the weekend, National Weather Service meteorologist Carlie Buccola said.

Saturday night brings lows around 30 with decreasing winds at 5 to 7 mph.

“A weak cold front will pass through tonight with slightly cooler but still above-normal readings for Sunday,” the service said.

Sunday will not be as warm as Saturday with temperatures dropping back into the 40s with a gradual increase in clouds throughout the day but remaining dry. Typically temperatures are in the upper 30s this time of year, National Weather Service Meteorologist David Stark said.

“It’ll be a similar story on Monday temperature wise,” Stark said. “There is just a small chance of a few light rain showers during the day but not a total wash out, just some light rain off and on with temperatures in the 40s.”

The low 40s is still above Long Island’s average temperature of 38 degrees for this time of year.

Heading into Tuesday the best chance for rain will be Tuesday morning into the early afternoon.

“It’s going to be a soaking rainfall with about an inch of rain seems like a pretty good bet,” Stark said. “Temperatures will be quite mild with the rain, getting back to the lower 50s.”

Wednesday through the end of the week looks dry but cooler getting back down to the upper 30s during the day and low to mid 20s at night, Stark said.

“Once we get past Tuesday we’re going to go back to seasonally late January weather, but dry,” Stark said.

With Khristopher J. Brooks

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