Pope Francis, when he arrives Thursday at Kennedy Airport, can expect "heavenly weather" for his first hours in New York -- and beyond, said Rich Hoffmann, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.

With arrival time around 5 p.m., conditions then and leading up to a 6:50 p.m. sunset are expected to include mostly sunny skies, with temperatures of 73 to 78 degrees, he said.

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Friday is expected to deliver sun with clouds, slight breezes and temperatures of 70 to 75 degrees in New York City, as the Pope visits the United Nations, the 9/11 memorial and a school in East Harlem.

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Conditions on Long Island are looking to be similar, with highs in the low 70s Friday and continuing into the weekend, the National Weather Service said.