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Long Island weather: First weekend of summer ‘gorgeous’ on LI

A high pressure system is bringing perfectly sunny and warm weather to Long Island on the first official weekend of summer, meteorologists said.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, high temperatures will be around 80 degrees, said Carlie Buccola, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Matt Hammer, News 12 Long Island meteorologist, called the forecast “gorgeous.”

“It’ll be hard to find many clouds in the sky today at all,” Hammer said Saturday. Humidity will remain low, Hammer said, while temperatures at the beaches will be slightly cooler, in the mid-70s.

Beachgoers should note that there is a moderate risk for rip currents at ocean beaches on Saturday, the weather service said.

Temperatures this weekend are right around normal, Buccola said. For this time of year at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, temperatures generally hover at 79.

No significant winds are expected to whip up this weekend and ocean temperatures are in the low 60s, Buccola said. Both Saturday night and Sunday night will remain clear with lows around 60.

A lack of rain this month has pushed Long Island into a moderate drought level, which was designated on Thursday, Buccola said. At MacArthur Airport, rain levels are 2.55 inches below normal for the month.

Some wet weather is expected on Tuesday and into early Wednesday morning, Hammer said, but Long Island should dry out after that into the end of the week. Friday’s forecast looks like a mix of sun and clouds with a high around 80.

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