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Long Island weather: Sunny weekend, with above-normal temps

Sunny skies are expected Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Sunny skies are expected Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 with temps in the low 70s and northwest winds of 6 to 13 mph, the National Weather Service said. Credit: News 12 Long Island

If you enjoy the weather conditions of late summer, you can rejoice in this upcoming weekend.

Look for temperatures well above normal — feeling more like August than October, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist, calling for “a great weekend for outdoor events.”

“High pressure will continue to dominate our weather through the weekend with dry and unseasonably warm conditions,” the National Weather Service said in its regional summary.

Saturday is looking at sunny skies with a high near 75, with Sunday seeing sun and a few more clouds, with a high near 75, according to the weather service.

While leaves certainly are changing, serious leaf peepers may want to consider other areas of the state for peak foliage.

For the most part, Long Island is in the “just changing” category of New York State’s most recent fall foliage report, which looks at expected leaf conditions for Oct. 18 to 24.

As for Nassau County, the report at iloveny.com says some trees have started turning, “with some areas around ponds and lakes that are exceptionally colorful,” but “there is still plenty of green across western Long Island.” About a 50 percent change is expected for the weekend, based on input from spotters in Nassau.

Color change in Suffolk this past week “has been sluggish,” with about a 15 percent color change expected for the weekend, “with yellow leaves of average brilliance,” a bit of purple and lots of green.

Looking beyond the weekend, rain could be starting in the early morning hours of Tuesday and continuing through the day, based on the Friday evening forecast. There could also be rain on and off for most of next week, the weather service said.

With William Murphy

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