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Long Island forecast: 'A few high clouds' possible for eclipse

Forecasters said sunny skies, but some cloud cover,

Forecasters said sunny skies, but some cloud cover, possible for the solar eclipse over Long Island on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Credit: News 12 Long Island

Forecasters are still predicting clear weather for the solar eclipse Monday afternoon with only a chance of scattered, puffy clouds in the skies over Long Island.

“We have sunshine, but we do have a few passing clouds — a few high clouds,” News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said short after noon.

The National Weather Service said in an 11 a.m. weather update that cirrus clouds — high-level, puffy clouds, for non-forecasters — could move in.

“Cirrus may however develop and pass through the city and Long Island during this (eclipse) period,” the update said.

The eclipse was expected to start about 1:20 p.m. on Long Island, peak at 2:44 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., the weather service said.

The high temperature Monday was expected to be in the high 80s with light and variable winds, the weather service said.

Showers and thunderstorms could move in early Tuesday before turning sunny after noon with high temperatures again in high 80s, the weather service.

Those showers and thunderstorms could return Wednesday morning, before becoming sunny, the weather said.

It should be sunny Thursday, Friday and into the weekend with high temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s, the weather service said.

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