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Long Island weather: Sunny and 70s with high wildfire risk

Friday is to feature sunny skies with highs in the low 70s, forecasters say, followed by a weekend expected to be warmer still.

But the mild weather will bring with it a chance for wildfire for southwest Suffolk, a National Weather Service special weather statement said Thursday. A dry air mass will combine with increasing northwesterly winds of 20 to 25 mph to create conditions conducive to the spread of fire Friday, if brush or other timber were to come into contact with an ignition source, the service said in an alert issued Thursday evening.

The relative humidity is expected to decrease to 30 to 35 percent until 6 a.m. Friday.

Long Islanders have “a broad area of high pressure” to thank for the warm conditions through Friday, which is expected to see highs well above normal, the service said in its regional summary. The normal high for this time of year at Long Island MacArthur Airport is 62 degrees.

Saturday has prospects of heading up to around 77 degrees, the weather service said, with Sunday looking at highs in the mid-70s.

Some rain could be in the picture next week, forecasters said — possibly Tuesday into early Wednesday.

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