In a somewhat stunning reversal from last week, temperatures have been on the mild side all week. For the next several days, warmer temperatures will continue, as winter is not in a rush to return to Long Island.
So far, this month and calendar year have been dry and mild. While last week was roughly colder than normal, temperatures since the weekend have been above normal with daytime highs in the 40s. The month is now about two degrees above normal after about one-third of the month. The bigger story of the recent climatology is the lack of precipitation. The three recent bouts of precip have been less than stellar with totals. A little snow this past Sunday morning, snow from New Year's weekend, and the Christmas Eve/Day/Day After rain/snow mix haven't added up to much. Since the New Year's storm, cars and roads have been covered in a salty mess that hasn't been washed away by any rain or even more snow, leaving car washes in the midst of a business boom.
The end of the week will still be mild, with daytime highs Thursday and Friday in the mid 40s. Thursday is a sunny day with a bit of a breeze, and Friday will feature increasing clouds. This is all due to a high pressure system building in for a bit. Showers are possible into Friday night, but the totals don't add up to much. Storm tracks will remain inland right into the weekend, meaning Long Island is on the warm side of the pattern.
The weekend simply looks balmy, with highs in the 50s both days. The only caveat would be the strong seabreezes, which should keep parts of Long Island a little cooler thanks to a January-cold ocean. A couple of rounds of rain make it to the area around the timeframes of Monday and late Tuesday as a front stalls over the area. After the last shot of rain mid-week, colder air filters in, but its extent and lifetime are uncertain at this time.