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Long Island weather: Increasing clouds Thursday, highs to 70

As the growing season on Long Island intensifies,

As the growing season on Long Island intensifies, farmworker Wendy Patrice uses a hoe to thin out rows of lettuce at Deer Run Farm in Brookhaven Hamlet on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Increasing clouds are expected to gradually replace Thursday’s sunny skies through the afternoon, as a storm system moves up the coast and perhaps clips eastern Long Island, forecasters say.

“Overall, it’s not a bad Thursday,” News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said.

He said temperatures would range from the low 60s on the East End to about 70 in western Nassau.

By midafternoon mostly mid and high level clouds were increasing, as the system approached, said Jay Engle, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

The forecast at that time was for dry conditions for most of the Island with just a slight chance — 20 percent to 30 percent — for a brief bout of rain for eastern Suffolk County overnight into early Friday, should the system come close enough to “graze the eastern tip” of the east end, he said.

With continuing disagreement among computer models as to the system’s track, that easternmost tip was looking to have the best chance — at most 30 percent — to see any precipitation, said Faye Barthold, also a weather service meteorologist in Upton. Even that would be less than a quarter of an inch, she said.

Winds both Thursday and Friday will be less than 10 mph, the weather service said.

It should be mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday with a high in the low 80s both days, the weather service said.

“I think you’re really going to like the weekend weather,” Hoffman said.

The pleasant weather should continue into the next workweek, with sunny skies forecast for Monday and Tuesday and temperatures expected to be in the mid-80s.

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