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Long Island weather: A beautiful Labor Day weekend on tap

A view of Long Beach from a jetty

A view of Long Beach from a jetty near Neptune Boulevard in Long Beach on Friday. Credit: Barry Sloan

Look for a picture-perfect holiday weekend, weatherwise, on Long Island, according to the forecast.

A string of cooler yet sunny days — including Monday's Labor Day holiday — are on tap, with drier air than Friday offered, forecasters said.

In fact, no rain is expected until perhaps Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

Credit an area of high pressure that will anchor itself off the New England coast through the upcoming week, forecasters said.

"High pressure will build across the area on Saturday, then move offshore through the day on Sunday. This will result in dry, sunny, and seasonable conditions for the holiday weekend," the weather service said.

The nice late-summer weather is expected through Tuesday, with lots of sunshine, daytime highs in the upper 70s and only gradually rising humidity.

Saturday's high was forecast to be near 77 with a north wind of 8 mph turning from the west in the afternoon. Saturday night will be mostly clear with a low of about 62.

Sunday will be only slightly warmer, with a high near 79 and light winds. The low Sunday night will be near 66 under mostly clear skies.

As for Labor Day, mostly sunny skies are expected with a high of about 78. Monday night will again be mostly clear with a low near 67.

While there might be great beach weather, note that Tanner Park Beach in Copiague was closed to bathing Friday due to the finding of bacteria in excess of acceptable levels, according to the Suffolk County Health Department.

Valley Grove Beach in Eatons Neck also remained closed, the health department said.

Bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, health officials say.

Those beaches will reopen when further testing reveals that the bacteria have subsided to acceptable levels, health officials say.

With Joan Gralla

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