Long Islanders should expect a sunny and warm Fourth of July weekend, meteorologists said Saturday morning.
Friday buffeted the area with rain and lightning, but Saturday is forecast to be sunny and breezy with high temperatures near 82 degrees, said News 12 Long Island meteorologist Matt Hammer.
“We’re looking at a simply gorgeous start to this July Fourth holiday weekend after last night’s storms,” Hammer said.
National Weather Service meteorologist Faye Barthold, in the service’s Upton office, agreed, saying Saturday is expected to be sunny with highs around 80 degrees.
“It should be a pretty nice day,” she said. “We’re looking at plenty of sunshine.”
Hammer said the ultraviolet index “remains very high so it could take less than 30 minutes to get a sunburn on unprotected skin.”
Sunday should be more of the same, the meteorologists said. Hammer said the only change is a few more clouds expected that afternoon.
Temperatures may creep upward into the low 80s for the Fourth of July on Monday, Barthold said. That day, a few clouds are possible, especially in the afternoon, she added.
Hammer said to “expect a fairly nice day overall” on the holiday with a few clouds possible amid the fireworks.
“There may be a layer of thin clouds overhead, but it will stay dry,” he said.
Some rain is possible late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, he added.
Beyond that, dry and warm weather with partly to mostly sunny weather is expected through the end of next week with highs in the 80s, Hammer said.