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Long Island weather: Thunderstorms in afternoon, night

A group arrives for the day at Rodgers

A group arrives for the day at Rodgers Beach in the Village of Westhampton Beach on Thursday. Credit: John Roca

Long Islanders might want to swap sunscreen for umbrellas because scattered thunderstorms are expected Saturday afternoon into the night, according to forecasters.

John Cristantello, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said there is a chance of rain all day, but the potential increases Saturday afternoon to the early evening to between 60% and 70%. The storms could drop on average between a quarter-inch and half-inch of precipitation on Long Island, while some areas could see more rainfall, Cristantello said.

The rain could also bring with it strong winds. Long Island could see winds between 30 mph and as strong as more than 60 mph, he said.

"The storms could be on the strong side," Cristantello said.

The threat of damaging wind gusts prompted the weather service to issue a hazardous weather outlook for Saturday afternoon into the evening. 

Saturday’s expected daytime high is just a degree cooler than the 86 degree peak predicted for Sunday, when there is a 30% chance of downpours during the day and night. 

The sun will return to Long Island on Monday, when thermometers again will again top out at about 86 degrees, the weather service said.

And then the odds of showers from Tuesday to Thursday vary from 30% to 40%. Highs are expected to be in the mid 80s Tuesday and Wednesday, then dip a bit to about 82 degrees on Thursday, according to the weather service.

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