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Long Island weather: Saturday's flash flood watch has ended

Scattered showers may occur, but the rain will be less intense than the morning downpours that made highway driving treacherous at times, forecasters say.

Radar image on Saturday morning.

Radar image on Saturday morning. Photo Credit: Newsday

Saturday afternoon was at least partly salvaged for outdoor-loving Long Islanders after the National Weather Service said it canceled its flash flood watch around 1:30 p.m., about four hours earlier than expected.

“The heaviest rainfall has moved east of the area,” NWS forecaster Melissa DiSpigna said by telephone from Upton. “The upper system that caused it also is shifting eastward.”

Scattered showers still might prove the usefulness of having umbrellas or slickers handy.

However, any rain will be less intense than the morning downpours that made highway driving treacherous at times.

The sun will dominate the forecast for the early part of the week, along with the humidity that can make summers seem unbearable for anyone outside who is not at the beach.

“Really, the main story into the early week is going to be heat, it’s going to be hot and humid,” the forecaster said.

Sunday morning’s patchy fog should lift by 9 a.m., the NWS said on its website, freeing the sun to send the thermometer up to about 90. The heat index could hit 96.

Monday looks similar, with a high of about 89.

The rain might return Tuesday, though it should be mostly sunny.

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