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Expect peak foliage on much of LI this weekend

While leaves are expected to be at their peak this weekend on much of Long Island, foliage may be somewhat diminished as rain and wind gusts are forecast for Friday.

Oaks, which are looking "spectacular" on the East End, should be fine, but the winds could take some leaves from maples, which are now "stunning," as well as other trees that are past peak, said Mina Vescera, nursery and landscape specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County.

Spotters in the Hamptons were expecting peak conditions, bringing "predominately orange/gold leaves, along with some red leaves, of average brilliance," according to a weekly foliage report on, which is run by Empire State Development.

As for Nassau County, "some areas are now past peak, while some have yet to reach full color," the report said.

Weather should be accommodating for weekend viewing, with Saturday possibly edging out Sunday as the better day, said Joe Pollina, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.

On the heels of the rain -- half an inch or less -- gusty winds and possible highs in the lower 70s on Friday, Saturday is expected to be partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s, he said.

The temperature dips to the low- to mid-50s on Sunday, which is also expected to be breezy, he said.


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