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Long Island weather: Rain on the way Thursday

Cooler than normal temperatures prevail on Wednesday, Oct.

Cooler than normal temperatures prevail on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, the National Weather Service said. Photo Credit: News 12

As a follow-up to Wednesday’s sunny and cool conditions, Long Islanders will want to grab umbrellas for Thursday, as widespread rain is in the forecast into the overnight hours.

While a brief, bout with “frozen precipitation” is being mentioned for the nearby areas of northwestern New Jersey and Orange County, Long Islanders can expect rain only, said Tim Morrin, National Weather Service meteorologist, based in Upton.

Look for the chances of precipitation to increase after about noon, the weather service said, with Morrin pointing to around 8 p.m. Thursday to 2 to 3 a.m. Friday as the most likely timing for heaviest rainfall.

In all, Long Island can expect about half an inch to an inch and a quarter, he said, which would certainly help the month’s precipitation shortfall. As of day-end Tuesday, the month’s rainfall at Long Island MacArthur Airport totaled 1.73 inches, which is 1.35 inches below normal, according to weather service data.

That’s following longer-term dry conditions, which have put Long Island into severe drought, which is the third of five categories of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

As for temperatures, Thursday is forecast to see highs in the low 50s, which wouldn’t be reached until night time hours.

Then, back to mostly sunny and breezy conditions for Friday.

Leading up to all this, Wednesday night sees increasing clouds and overnight cold, with temperatures dipping into the mid-30s, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.


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