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Long Island weather: Breezy and warm, with brush fire risk

For the U.S. Open opening day in Southampton, the temperature was in the mid-70s with winds of 14 mph, gusting to 23 mph, forecasters said.

Sunny and dry conditions are expected Thursday with

Sunny and dry conditions are expected Thursday with highs in the 80s, forecasters said. Photo Credit: News 12 Long Island

It’s turning out to be a warm, sunny and dry day Thursday on Long Island, with wind gusts of up to 30 mph expected, forecasters said.

However, toss in low humidity and relatively little rain in the past 10 days and that makes for an elevated threat that any brush fires will spread rapidly, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service also said the South Shore back bays of Nassau County could see some localized coastal flooding Thursday evening at high tide.

Shortly before noon, Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma was reporting a temperature of 79 degrees, with 18 mph winds from the west/northwest, gusting to 25 mph. The forecast was for highs in the mid-80s, the weather service said.

With the U.S. Open golf tournament’s opening day underway at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, the temperature in the area about noon was 74 degrees, with winds from the west of 14 mph, gusting to 23 mph, said Tim Morrin, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

“We’re going to have wall-to-wall sunshine. It’s breezy and warm today,” News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said.

Friday will be partly sunny with a high in the mid-70s, Saturday will be sunny with a high in the mid-80s and Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high in the mid-80s, the weather service said.

The next chance of wet weather comes Monday, when there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, the weather service said.

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