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Long Island weather: Rainy, windy first full day of spring Thursday

Look for clear skies Wednesday afternoon, Long Islanders.

Look for clear skies Wednesday afternoon, Long Islanders. Credit: Newsday

With spring officially arriving at close to 6 p.m., Wednesday has seen mostly clear skies on Long Island and temperatures closing in on 50 degrees. But for Thursday, the first full day of the new season, get ready for winds to kick up and the likelihood for rain, forecasters say.

With winter in the rearview mirror, Thursday will be set to deliver some rain toward morning and off and on through the day, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. Rain was looking to become moderate to heavy toward evening and into Friday, he said, accompanied by some strong winds.

Still, the National Weather Service said that, “despite the rain, daytime highs will remain near normal.” That would be 49 degrees at Long Island MacArthur Airport, where the normal low for the day is 33.

Thursday night's high tide could bring with it some coastal flooding on the South Shore, as well as in areas that tend to retain water, said Faye Morrone, weather service meteorologist. 

Friday’s also expected to be breezy, with chances of showers, and temperatures heading up to around 50 degrees.

As for the first weekend of spring — looks like we’re getting mostly sunny skies for Saturday, with more of those breezy conditions and temperatures reaching the low 40s.

If sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 50s are more to your liking, just hang on for Sunday, forecasters say.

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