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Long Island forecast: A mix of sun and clouds before the heat returns Monday

Rain and 30 mph gusts in Long Island's Sunday morning forecast fell short of advanced billing by the afternoon but a threat of showers will continue through the night.

The temperature just after 2 p.m. hovered at about 80 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Earlier on Sunday, the National Weather Service's Long Island forecast put the chance of rain and strong gusts at 70%.

By the afternoon, other than some brief periods of light sprinkles, Long Island had dodged the worst of the wind and rain.

The sun could break through before the day ends, according to the weather service, with a chance of showers back up to 50% by Sunday night.

Dangerous rip currents remained a hazard Sunday afternoon for swimmers at Atlantic Ocean beaches from Brooklyn to Montauk. Anyone entering the surf zone is advised to have a flotation device and swim near a lifeguard, the weather service said.

Tuesday's high should top out at 92 degrees before cooling down at night to 68 with a 30% chance of thunderstorms, according to the weather service.

On Wednesday, the clouds diminish and mostly sunny skies return with a high in the mid-80s and a nighttime low of 68.

Thursday afternoon could be rainy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. The day otherwise looks partly sunny with a high in the lower 80s.

The sun should be back Friday and Saturday when the high temperature should be in the lower 80s.

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