There's a threat of cloud cover for the solar eclipse...

There's a threat of cloud cover for the solar eclipse Monday. Credit: James Carbone

Mostly sunny skies allowed a clear view of the solar eclipse on Long Island.

The temperature — which was pushing 60 degrees at the time of the eclipse — dropped a few degrees as the sun was obscured by the moon around 3:30 p.m. Clouds were present but were very thin and didn't interfere with seeing most of the rare celestial event.

Earlier weather service meteorologist David Stark had predicted the cloud cover was unlikely to “obscure the sky.”

The eclipse began at 2:12 p.m. and ended at about 4:37 p.m. The maximum coverage for Long Island was around 3:27 p.m.

Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low temperature of around 46 degrees.

A coastal flood warning was issued for southern Nassau from 10 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday due to an “astronomical” high tide from the new moon. However, Stark described the risk as “minimal” and that any possible flooding would be very localized and close to shore.

“This is not going to cause any type of significant impacts like what we saw with the last storm,” Stark said.

Tuesday’s high temperature is expected to be in the 60s with sunny skies. Rain will return Tuesday night and for most of the week. Temperatures will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s for the rest of the workweek, according to the weather service.

“It's more apparent especially as we get towards late Wednesday, Wednesday night and Thursday,” said Stark. “It doesn't look to be the type of rain that we just saw last week, but there's going to probably be a period in there on Thursday that we could have a nice, steady or shower showers for a time.”

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