It's a rainy Wednesday on Long Island, with highs in the low 60s.
With light rain overspreading the area by mid-afternoon, look for moderate to heavier pockets to develop possibly during the evening commute, said David Stark, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.
Drivers would want to take care and prepare for the chance of reduced visibility, he said, with winds expected to pick up, bringing gusts of 25 to 35 mph in the afternoon and evening hours.
Some afternoon flight arrivals were being delayed an average of 3 1/2 hours at Kennedy Airport, and an hour and 45 minutes at LaGuardia, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website. Some departures could be affected, too, and the FAA advises travelers to check with their airlines.
In all, around an inch or two of rain is forecast for Long Island through 2 p.m. Thursday, the weather service said. Though rain is expected to be widespread, some areas could see periods of just drizzle, and some could see heavier amounts accompanying any isolated thunderstorms, he said.
A coastal flood advisory for northern Nassau and northwestern Suffolk has been extended to around 8 p.m. A second such advisory in southern Nassau is from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said temperatures will be slightly warmer than normal over the next 24 hours, describing conditions overall as "kind of warm, wet and windy."
On Thursday, cloudy morning skies and showers are likely, giving way to a mix of sun and clouds.
Once again, it's milder than normal and breezy, Hoffman said.
Daily highs range from the upper 60s to mid 70s, jeopardizing the record daily high of 73 degrees set last year.
With Gary Dymski