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Wet Wednesday on LI

A man nearly loses his umbrella in Patchogue

A man nearly loses his umbrella in Patchogue as gusty winds move into area Thursday morning. (Sept. 30, 2010) Credit: James Carbone

Heavy rains are set to blow through area throughout the day on Wednesday. Once they have passed, a pleasant spring-like end of the week is in store for Long Island.

Wednesday will start off with light to moderate rain, increasing in intensity throughout the day. The heaviest rain will be in the early afternoon, and should end around 3 p.m. Expect anywhere from a few tenths to a half-inch of rain, with the possibility of more in some spots. Cloudy skies will remain for the rest of the day, eventually clearing out Wednesday night.

Thursday will be a dandy, with sunny skies and highs approaching 60 in many spots. Highs will range from 55-59 on Long Island.

The record high for March 16 is 64, reached in 2002. The record low is 24 degrees, set in 1997.

This Day in Weather History:

1990 - Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced large hail and damaging winds from northwest Florida to western South Carolina. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 75 mph at Floridatown, Fla. Sixteen cities across the northeastern quarter of the nation reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 78 degrees at Burlington, Vt., smashed their previous record for the date by 23 degrees. New York City reported a record high of 82 degrees.

Geoffrey Bansen is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, with a degree in Atmospheric Science/Meteorology.

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