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Long Island weather: Partly sunny, temps from mid-50s to 60

Wednesday brings above-normal temperatures, calm winds and partly sunny skies to Long Island, the National Weather Service said.

The day starts out dry, with high temperatures across the Island forecast to be in the mid-50s to 60 degrees, 10 to 15 degrees higher than normal, the weather service said.

Showers are likely in the later afternoon to early evening, the service said. Rainfall of less than one-tenth of an inch is possible, the service said. Lows Wednesday night should be in the 40s.

Wednesday’s “partly sunny and mild” conditions will be followed by some showers through 10 p.m., News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said. There will be clearing skies overnight with some patchy fog, he said.

It was 57 degrees at about 11 a.m. at Long Island MacArthur Airport, the service said.

On Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day, the weather service calls for partly sunny skies with highs near 61 degrees; winds will be stronger, at 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, with more rain in the forecast.

Hoffman said to expect scattered late-day showers Thursday, when there’s also a chance of thunderstorms — brief heavy rain and hail are possible.

Thursday night brings mostly cloudy skies and lows near 40 degrees with some showers and chance of thunderstorms through midnight, Hoffman said.

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