The light at the end of the lengthy Hermine tunnel, at least for some, is a return to summer conditions, meaning warmer temperatures are expected for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, forecasters say.
The overnight hours into Thursday bring the chance of showers and some patchy fog, making way for partly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. Highs are expected in the mid- to upper 80s, feeling a few degrees warmer thanks to humidity, the service said.
“Warm and humid” on Thursday, said News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman. Looking a bit farther out, he said he’s expecting above-normal temperatures “for the first weekend of football.”
With post-tropical cyclone Hermine weakening and meandering south of Long Island, Wednesday was bringing cloudy skies, with a chance of scattered showers mostly before late afternoon to early evening, forecasters say.
“Things are getting better,” Hoffman said.
Highs in the upper 70s to mid-80s were expected, with winds from the north and northeast at 14 mph and possible gusts of up to 25 mph, the National Weather Service said.
Just before 2 p.m., the skies at Long Island MacArthur Airport were overcast with a temperature of 79 degrees, the weather service said.
With the development of “very strong rip currents,” a high rip current risk is in place at ocean beaches through Wednesday night, the weather service said.
As of Tuesday afternoon — and with the risk of tropical storm-strength winds reaching land looking to be “minimal” — the National Hurricane Center ceased issuing advisories for Hermine.
“The remnants of Hermine will slowly track northeast into the Gulf of Maine by late Thursday,” the weather service said.