After a hot and humid launch of the workweek, which also brought torrential rain, Long Islanders can expect a little respite starting Tuesday with drier, cooler conditions, meteorologists said.
Don’t get too used to it, though — the Island will start bouncing back to the hot and humid starting Thursday.
“It will be noticeably less humid and cooler into Tuesday and Wednesday,” the National Weather Service said on its Facebook page.
That’s after Monday’s temperature at Long Island MacArthur Airport reached 91 degrees, with the “feels like” temperature registering 99 as of around 3 p.m. thanks to the humidity, according to weather service data.
Tuesday’s highs were forecast for the more seasonable mid-80s, with humidity receding to the point that the “feels like” temperatures will be right around the real ones, the weather service said.
“Wednesday looks good with sunshine and highs in the lower 80s,” said Bill Korbel, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.
“But the heat and humidity will start to return Thursday, and by Friday and Saturday, highs will be back up around 90, along with lots of humidity.”
Of the upcoming days, Saturday would appear to bring the hottest conditions for most of the Island, with a little respite to be found on the Twin Forks, said Patrick Maloit, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.
But the high winds and heavy rains that spread across the Island on Monday will be a thing of the past.
National Weather Service meteorologist Nelson Vaz said the 40 mph to 60 mph winds that accompanied the thunderstorm that briefly drenched Nassau and Suffolk counties Monday had passed over the area by early evening, and that between a quarter-inch and a half-inch of rain had dropped during the brief burst in the early afternoon.
With Gary Dymski