Summer to arrive with 'very nice' weather
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It's a five-star forecast for the first day of summer -- and the year's longest stretch of daylight.
Friday, with a 5:21 a.m. sunrise and 8:27 p.m. sunset on the summer solstice, is expected to be "a very nice day" with highs in the upper 70s and little humidity, said David Stark, meteorologist with the Upton-based National Weather Service.
And, oh yes, "it will be dry," with the possibility of just a few clouds, but "nothing to overwhelm an overall blue sky," Stark said.
That's Long Island-wide, he said, with only slightly cooler temperatures possible on the East End.
As for summer's first official weekend? Look for highs both days in the lower 80s and mostly sunny Saturday. A possible minor blemish may be on the radar screen for Sunday with "a little more cloud cover" and "a very, very small chance" of an isolated shower or thunder shower in the afternoon, but "nothing widespread," he said.
This is expected to be "the busiest weekend so far this season" for beachgoers, said George Gorman, Long Island deputy regional director for state parks. He's expecting good, "but not overwhelming" attendance, as the biggest crowds head to the beach when temperatures hit the upper 80s and lower 90s, he said.
Gorman advises those planning to attend Saturday night's debut summer concert at Jones Beach central mall band shell to bring their own lawn or folding chairs. That's because bleachers to replace those destroyed by superstorm Sandy are still on order and expected to arrive by mid-July.
While sunny skies have settled in, June started out as a contender to break the record monthly rainfall amount in Islip, 10.8 inches set in 2003, the weather service said. As of Wednesday, the month's rainfall recorded at Islip town's Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma stood at 8.02 inches, with "no widespread precipitation" forecast for any time soon, Stark said.
Still, that amount was enough to render a rain deficit for the months of March, April and May "essentially nil," said Dan Hofmann, also a meteorologist in Upton.
Indeed, June's rainfall to date in Islip is more precipitation than the 7.22 inches of precipitation recorded there for March, April and May combined.