You might as well call it what it is – spring has sprung!
High temperatures soared on Tuesday throughout the day, hitting a high of 76 degrees at nearby Islip around 12 p.m., shattering the previous record of 73 degrees set in 1991. National Weather Service meteorologists are forecasting Islip to rise as high as 80 degrees on Tuesday.
Records were also broken at Brookhaven National Lab, where temperatures had hit 77 degrees by noon, breaking a 43-year old record of 76 degrees.
Winds coming in from the north-northwest are deflecting the cooler sea breeze, keeping most of Long Island warm and places such as Fire Island and Montauk cooler than the rest of their neighboring villages.
Low humidity is also helping dry out the air and allowing temperatures to rise under mostly sunny skies. Risk for brush fires have increased, according to a special weather statement from the National Weather Service, but no watches or warnings have been issued.
The spring heat wave won't last long, however. Rain and showers will move in later tonight and throughout the week, dropping the Sachem area back down to the mid-50's by Friday.