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Long Island weather: Mostly sunny with highs in upper 80s Thursday

Look for afternoon temperatures in the high 80s,

Look for afternoon temperatures in the high 80s, a bit cooler on South Shore beaches and the East End on Thursday. Credit: Newsday

Sun lovers asked, and here we have it —  summer, with its toasty warm temperatures, accompanied by rising humidity in the coming days.

Thursday is sunny, hot and a bit more humid, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. Look for afternoon highs of around 87 degrees, a bit cooler on South Shore beaches and the East End.

“The mercury will rise well into the 80s today, and into the 90s away from the south coasts of Long Island and southern Connecticut,” the National Weather Service said.

By around 10 a.m. Long Island MacArthur Airport was reporting fair skies and a temp of 84 degrees. The normal high for the day at the Ronkonkoma airport is 80, with 64 the normal low.

An air quality health advisory is in place for Long Island Thursday through 11 p.m., meaning elevated pollution levels.

For Friday, we could see areas of fog in the morning, along with warm temperatures, becoming hot in the afternoon, Hoffman said.

Heading up to the mid-80s to around 90 degrees, Friday is expected to be the hottest day, with potential for Saturday to be the most uncomfortable, given the humidity, Hoffman said.

A cold front approaching Saturday from the northwest, “will lead to an increase in humidity and the chance of showers and thunderstorms,” the weather service said.

A hazardous outlook is in place for the Island, as “scattered severe thunderstorms are possible” with large hail and damaging winds the primary threats.

But Sunday looks promising, according to the weather service: sunny with a high near 81.

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