• We broke the record high temperature yesterday, with the 64 degree temperature beating out the 2006 high of 59 degrees at the National Weather Service’s Islip weather station, and we’re likely to keep breaking records through the holiday. The record high for Christmas Day is currently 56 degrees, set in 1994. The high temperature today is expected to be 66 degrees, and the high tomorrow is expected to be 64.
• We’re expecting showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon today then a chance of showers this afternoon, with patchy fog throughout the day and a southwest wind 7 to 15 miles per hour. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers tonight, with a low around 52 degrees. We might see some patchy fog early Christmas morning, but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high near 64 degrees. There’s a 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday, when the high will be near 52 and a 30 percent chance of showers Sunday, when the high will be near 58.
• Our church service listings for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the East End are online here. If we missed your church, please send service details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add your services in right away!
• If you missed this past weekend’s performance of the live radio play of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, you have two chances in the upcoming days to hear the broadcast on WPPB, 88.3 FM. The play will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and then again at 10 a.m. on Christmas morning.
• If you’re still looking for last-minute Christmas gifts and you happen to have ink in your printer, download The Beacon’s 2016 wall calendar right away! Designed specifically to be printed as many times as you’d like on letter-sized paper on your home printer, the calendar features East End scenes from throughout the seasons, as well as the days of the week in each month, a useful feature of any calendar. If you’re especially nice, we might even come to your house to staple the pages together. The calendar is available online here.
• There are plenty of great after-Christmas hikes in store this weekend, including a family beach walk with SoFo, a day-after-full-moon hike on Saturday in Bridgehampton (the moon will be full Christmas night, for the first time since 1977), and hikes around Northwest Harbor and in the Long Pond Greenbelt with South Fork trails groups. Our full hike listings are online here.
Have a happy and safe holiday!
East End Beacon