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Long Island weather: Mostly sunny and warm for Open week

Sunny skies should dominate Long Island’s weather throughout the week — apart from possible rain Wednesday — providing mostly good conditions for the start of the U.S. Open golf tournament.

“Most of the week looks great,” said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. “Good golf and beach weather.”

That’s as temperatures were expected to rise to the low to mid-70s Tuesday and Wednesday, then the low 80s for Thursday and back to mid-70s or so for Friday. Make that a few degrees cooler on the East End, according to the National Weather Service.

Normal highs at Long Island MacArthur Airport are 76 to 77 degrees.

The Open begins officially Thursday but competitors began practicing starting Monday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton.

And that means rain — with a possible thunderstorm — might dampen Wednesday’s practice rounds.

There was a 30 to 40 percent chance of showers Wednesday for that area of the Island, said Joe Pollina, weather service meteorologist in Upton. Winds in the Shinnecock Hills area, most likely in the afternoon, could gust up to 25 mph — possibly even higher with any thunderstorms, he said, based on the late Monday afternoon forecast.

Thursday, with its sunny skies, could also bring gusty winds, he said.

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