The start of Long Island’s workweek is bringing widespread rain — much needed, due to drought conditions — with 1 to 2 inches expected, mostly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the National Weather Service said.
A flash flood warning that had been in effect for central and eastern Suffolk County through 2 p.m. Monday was canceled shortly past 1 p.m.
As of just before 2 p.m., Long Island MacArthur Airport was registering 1.23 inches of rain; Farmingdale, 0.90; and Shirley, 2.19, according to the weather service.
On its web page, the weather service was also indicating that as of noon or after, Orient had seen 2.19 inches; Montauk, 2.07; Fire Island, 1.37, according to unofficial observations.
A precipitation lull in mid-afternoon did not mean to put away the umbrellas, as a system just off New Jersey, “bringing more of a blanket of rain and not heavy downpours” seen earlier, was moving towards the Island, said Carlie Buccola, weather service meteorologist based in Upton.
At 1:35 p.m. a weather service employee reported flash flooding in Patchogue, with law enforcement reporting the same on Shelter Island at 11:30 a.m., the weather service said. In both cases roads were closed, Buccola said.
Daily highs are in the upper 70s with a south wind of 6 to 8 mph.
Clouds with scattered showers and possibly storms continue into the nighttime hours, Hoffman said.
Overnight lows are in the high 60s.
Tuesday morning opens with clouds and scattered showers with gradual clearing and partly sunny skies for the afternoon, Hoffman said.
Daily highs in the lower 80s are expected, he said.