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Beach weather expected on LI later in the week

A woman relaxes on a sunny day at

A woman relaxes on a sunny day at the beach in Long Beach. (July 23, 2013) Credit: Newsday

If you're planning on going to the beach this week, you're in luck -- starting Wednesday that is.

After a couple of iffy days, the latter part week will be mostly sunny and dry, said Joey Picca, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton.

Temperatures will be in the upper 70s to low 80s across most of Long Island Sunday with mostly sunny skies until a few clouds move in from the west during the evening and overnight.

It will cool down a bit Sunday night, with temperatures in the mid-60s on most of the island. Areas near the Pine Barrens may see even cooler temperatures in the upper 50s, Picca said.

It won't stay cool for long though, with temperatures climbing into the lower 80s Monday throughout Long Island. It will be cloudy with a chance of isolated showers or a thunderstorm. But don't cancel outdoor plans just yet, Picca said.

"Most of the area is going to stay relatively dry during the day tomorrow," he said.

Monday's overnight temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60s for most of the island, and temperatures in the lower 60s for areas near the Pine Barrens.

Tuesday is the least promising day, Picca said. A cold front and an area of low pressure move in, creating a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain throughout the day.

But Picca expects things to dry off Tuesday night into Wednesday, with Wednesday temperatures in the mid to lower 80s. Wednesday night temperatures will be in the lower 60s. Thursday will be much the same and Friday will be a degree or two warmer, Picca said.

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