The cold is breaking records, but not for long

11/19/2014 5:08 PM |
More ice than water could be seen on one Main Road fountain Wednesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

More ice than water could be seen on one Main Road fountain Wednesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The weather is taking North Forkers on a wild ride, as this week saw two consecutive days that each broke recorded weather records.

But there’s hope for some warmer weather to come Monday, weather officials said.

Tuesday brought with it a record low of 24 degrees, surpassing a record of 25 set in 1997, according to daily temperature data taken at the agency’s weather station in Islip, according to the National Weather Service.

And Wednesday’s low of 22 degrees was also one for the record books, breaking that of 23 degrees back in 1999.

“There is quite a bit of an air mass shift going into next week,” meteorologist John Murray explained. “Looks like we have a high pressure mobilizing off shore that will help bring in some warmth.”

By Saturday, temperatures should climb back into the 40s, reaching the 60s by Monday, he said.

“Just last week I was wearing a T-shirt,” said Meghan Kelley, who was working at Wowak Farms produce stand in Laurel on Wednesday. She was bundled up from head to toe.

She said workers have started to park their cars next to the stand to use the shelter as a haven from the cold between customers.

“What surprises me most is how [the temperature] keeps bouncing back and forth,” she said.

Maarif Javaurd, who works the pumps at Mattituck’s Empire Gas Station said “the mornings are getting brutal.”

“I started my day with lots of layers, and now, I am down to a sweatshirt,” he said.

“The weather is the weather. I know is only going to get colder.”

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