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Unsettled weather expected on LI, but tropical storm not a threat

Long Island commuters rolled out Monday to another

Long Island commuters rolled out Monday to another forecast of mostly sunny skies and daily high temperatures in the mid 80s, the National Weather Service said. Credit: Weather Underground

This week's Long Island weather is expected to be a little unsettled, but the newly named Tropical Storm Claudette, moving northeast up the Atlantic coast, is playing no role, forecasters say.

The likely short-lived Claudette is around 290 miles south-southeast of Nantucket as of early afternoon Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is "well offshore" and expected to have "no effect at all" on Long Island, said Faye Barthold, National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton.

However for Tuesday afternoon and evening, there is a 50 to 60 percent chance of rain -- scattered with a chance of thunderstorms, which would bring the potential for heavy rain, said Carlie Buccola, also a meteorologist in Upton. Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-80s. A second wave could arrive for Wednesday, when there is around a 30 percent chance, she said.

In all, the Island could see just uner half an inch of rain from 8 a.m. Tuesday through 8 p.m. Wednesday, the weather service said.

Tuesday night brings mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers, according to News 12 Long Island meteorologists. Look for Wednesday to be mostly cloudy, with the chance of thunderstorms late in the day.

Tropical Storm Claudette, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph is heading northeast at about 15 mph. It is expected to weaken and move to post-tropical status by Tuesday night, the hurricane center said.

This is the third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Predictions indicate below normal activity for the 2015 season, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center.

The first was Tropical Storm Ana, which got a jump on the season's start, being named on May 8, followed by Bill on June 16.

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