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Long Island weather: Partly sunny, highs in the low 70s

If the last day of summer officially is Tuesday, then consider Monday a sneak-peak at what's in store for the near future.

That's because it was 59 degrees outside at 8:15 a.m.

And the high temperature for the day is expected to be in the low 70s, with overnight lows dipping back into the high 50s.

Well, if summer's not officially over, it's very, very close.

Forecasters are calling for partly sunny skies Monday, followed by cloudy skies on Tuesday before the Island gets clearing skies the rest of the week.

Still, temperatures are expected to hover in the mid-70s all week, though forecasters predict possible highs of 77 degrees Wednesday -- the first day of fall -- and 78 degrees on Thursday.

Winds on Monday are expected to be in the 10-to-20 mph range.

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said more dry weather is in store, as well. Long Island is more than 8 inches below normal for precipitation so far this year, he said.

Monday also marks the anniversary of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, better known here as The Long Island Express. The massive storm, which killed an estimated 682 people and damaged or destroyed more than 57,000 homes along the East Coast, pounded Long Island with a storm tide measuring 15 feet and created 10 new inlets on eastern Long Island alone -- most-notable among them the present-day Shinnecock Inlet.

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