Forecast to warm up to the high 50s, Wednesday has, instead, gone on to reach into the 60s at Long Island MacArthur Airport.
As of just before 2 p.m. the temperature at the Islip Town airport was registering 64 degrees, said Joe Pollina, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton. That was just shy of the record for the day, 66 degrees, which was hit in both 2011 and 1991.
Likely to few Long Islanders’ dismay, the winds, Pollina said, were coming more from the west than had been anticipated, meaning no cooler air mixed in from off the ocean.
Thursday was expected to deliver increasing clouds, with temperatures rising to the upper 40s, according to the midafternoon Wednesday forecast, Pollina said.
Then, the nighttime hours bring a chance of showers, continuing into Friday morning, according to the weather service.
On Thursday “we’ll see increasing clouds . . . ahead of some light showers that will be around” overnight into Friday morning, said Matt Hammer, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. “Other than that, looks like dry weather through the weekend.”
On Friday we can say “hello” to December, which was expected to see “mostly cloudy skies give way to more sunshine,” Hammer said, with temperatures heading up to the low 50s.
As for the weekend, both Saturday and Sunday were looking to bring mostly sunny skies, with temperatures rising to the high 40s.