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Long Island weather: Mostly sunny, highs in 70s

Much of Long Island will be seeing highs

Much of Long Island will be seeing highs in the low to mid-70s Wednesday, July 26, 2017, forecasters say. Credit: News 12 Long Island

Temperatures on Wednesday will be warming up somewhat but still registering below normal for this time of year, forecasters say.

Much of Long Island will be seeing highs in the upper 70s, slightly cooler at area beaches. Normal for the day is 82 degrees, forecasters say.

Skies are to be “mostly sunny with a few passing clouds,” said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist, meaning, “beach weather and grab the sunglasses for today.”

“With more in the way of sun, Wednesday will be warmer than what we have been experiencing lately,” the National Weather Service said in its regional summary.

This is following Monday’s high of 72 degrees and Tuesday’s 71 at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

“A warmer and more humid air mass will start to arrive, and there is the chance for showers and possibly a thunderstorm” for Thursday afternoon and night, according to the weather service.

Thursday heads up to around 80 degrees, but with that comes a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, most likely starting in the afternoon, with those chances increasing for the overnight hours, the weather service said.

Indeed, “a few strong to locally severe thunderstorms may be possible” in the afternoon and evening, the weather service said in a hazardous outlook statement.

Friday, too, sees the likelihood for showers, with highs in the upper 70s.

In that case, with a low pressure area passing to the south late Friday into Saturday morning, “the heaviest associated rainfall appears more likely to also pass just south,” the statement said. But if the track shifts slightly to the north, that could mean heavy rainfall and possible flooding for the Long Island area.

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