Sunny, breezy Saturday as rip-current risk diminishes

Jordan Schmidt and his daughter Madeline, 4, from Jordan Schmidt and his daughter Madeline, 4, from Massapequa Park play in the water at Robert Moses State Park in Babylon on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

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The risk of rip currents forecast earlier Saturday for Long Island's ocean beaches in the wake of Hurricane Arthur had diminished by Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The risk was anticipated to be high until 2 p.m., but by noon that threat had been reduced "to low or moderate," said meteorologist David Stark in the service's Upton office.

He said the risk was expected to lessen throughout Saturday. Another assessment was expected later Saturday afternoon after a scheduled surf forecast.

Rip currents, powerful channels of water that flow quickly away from shore and occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and near such structures as jetties, can pose a risk to swimmers. Beachgoers are advised to pay attention to flags and posted signs and to swim in areas where there is a lifeguard on duty.

Meanwhile, mostly clear skies prevailed Saturday.

"We had a cold front move through last night; we have a broad area of high pressure with sunny skies and light winds," said Lauren Nash, another meteorologist in the Upton office.

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Nash said Long Islanders can expect a sunny but breezy Saturday with wind gusts between 15 and 20 miles per hour that calm down a bit after sunset.

The high Saturday will be in the lower to mid 80s, which Nash said is slightly above average, and Saturday night temperatures will drop below normal to the 50s and lower 60s.

On Sunday, expect another sunny day with a high in the low 80s and light winds. "It's going to be a pleasant day all around," Stark said.

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