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Long Island weather: 80s and humid, with rip-current risk

Ashley Newman, 29, of Brooklyn, coaxes her dog

Ashley Newman, 29, of Brooklyn, coaxes her dog Leon into the water near Gold Star Beach Park in Huntington with a game of fetch, on a hot and humid Tuesday, July 08, 2014. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

More scintillating summer weather is in store for Long Island, with maybe only a shower or two threatening to intervene, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

The warm, slightly humid conditions should last through the weekend, the service's Upton office said.

A cold front approaches the area Wednesday, stalling south and helping to build high pressure for the weekend, the service said.

The translation is summer temperatures a bit above normal, with daily highs ranging from the low to middle 80s. Humidity levels are expected to drop some, the service said.

Meteorologist Lauren Nash of the Upton office said the chance of rain from Wednesday through daytime hours Thursday ranges from 20 to 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.

"If we do get rain, it doesn't look like it will be much or last very long," she said.

Beachgoers should note there is a high risk for rip currents; the service issued a special statement covering ocean beaches of Long Island and New York City from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The lingering high pressure means mostly a sun-drenched weekend, with daily highs in the mid 80s Friday through Sunday. There is, however, a 30 percent chance of rain Saturday night and into Sunday, the service said.

Skies Sunday are expected to be partly cloudy, but the best chance for consistent rain is north and west of the city, the service said.

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