Storms are moving through the region, following the hot, humid weather that settled over Long Island for the last two days.
The National Weather Service reported severe storms were moving through Islip, Brentwood, Levittown, Commack, Huntington Station, Deer Park, Lindenhurst, Plainview, Garden City, Hauppauge, Syosset, Mineola, Huntington, Westbury and Babylon. They could bring
heavy rain, with strong, gusty winds possible and a moderate risk of riptides and rip currents at South Shore beaches, the service said.
A heat advisory was in effect for Nassau County and western Suffolk. It will remain in effect until 8 p.m. Although the high temperature for the day, so far, is 88 degrees recorded in Islip, the real-feel temperature is higher due to the humidity.
As of 5:30 a.m. temperatures were in the mid-70s in central Long Island, with lower temperatures along the South Shore and in eastern Suffolk. However, the Weather Service said humidity was well into the 90 percent range and, coupled with the elevated heat index, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that if you're working outdoors you take "frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments." They're also advising to be alert to the possibility of heat stroke, which can occur quickly under such conditions.
The Weather Service warned: "Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at-risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
"A heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95-99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, the Weather Service said, or 100-104 degrees for any length of time.
Though overnight lows are expected in the low 70s for the remainder of the week, the Weather Service is calling for highs in the mid-80s with a chance of thunderstorms not only Monday, but also Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with sunny skies on tap for Friday and the weekend.