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Long Island weather: Mid-80s Wednesday, with cooler days to come

Scattered showers and thunderstorms should leave Long Island

Scattered showers and thunderstorms should leave Long Island by the afternoon Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, forecasters say. Credit: News 12 Long Island

With the morning’s rain pretty much dispatched, Wednesday was looking at sunny conditions for the afternoon with highs around the mid-80s, forecasters say.

A small craft advisory is in effect until 2 p.m. for ocean waters between Moriches Inlet and Montauk Point, and there is a moderate risk of rip currents at ocean-facing beaches, the National Weather Service said.

Looking ahead, Long Islanders can anticipate “a nice stretch” of dry, comfortable conditions, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.

That’s as temperatures drop by around 5 degrees for Thursday, followed by a string of slightly cooler-than-average days, with highs in the mid- to upper 70s, according to weather service.

With 80 degrees the normal high at this point, and 65 the low, the area will be getting a little preview of September temperatures, said John Cristantello, weather service meteorologist, based in Upton.

According to the weather service’s forecast discussion, “a broad area of Canadian high pressure will build over the Northeast . . . into the beginning of next week,” resulting in “fair weather” and below-normal temperatures.

That’s also reflected in the Climate Prediction Center’s call for next week, Monday through Friday, which indicates a tilt toward below normal temperatures for Long Island, as opposed to above or right at normal.

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