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Forecast: Potential for overnight thunderstorms, strong gusts on Long Island

The National Weather Service says Thursday will be

The National Weather Service says Thursday will be a hot and humid day with a high of 87 degrees. News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman has the forecast. Credit: News 12 Long Island

Long Islanders should brace for possible thunderstorms and high winds Thursday night, with the potential for more early Friday and extending into the morning commute, according to the National Weather Service.

The chance of heavy rain, powerful gusts and even some flash flooding is expected to remain at 60% through 9 a.m. Friday before dropping down to 30%, the weather service said in a hazardous weather alert issued just after 4 p.m. Thursday.

A low of 73 degrees is forecast for Thursday night with the humidity, a soupy 82%. Friday might be stormy but it will be cooler than Thursday when the temperature hovered in the mid 80s. The high Friday is expected to top out at 78 with more rain possible at night and a low of 70. The expected break from the heat Friday will come courtesy of a Great Lakes cold front headed to Long Island, meteorologists said.

On Saturday the temperature climbs again with an expected high of 85 and a 20% chance of more thunderstorms. The chance of thunderstorms increases to 40% by Saturday night with a low of 72. Sunday brings more temperatures in the mid-80s and a 50% chance of thunderstorms, dropping to 40% at night when the low is expected to be 75, according to the weather service. 

Monday continues the 50% chance of thunderstorms through the night. The high Monday should hit 86 before dropping to 73 at night with nearly the same forecast Tuesday.

The sun finallly makes an extended appearance Wednesday although there will still be a 40% chance of thunderstorms. Wednesday high will be about 83 with the temperature dropping to 70 at the night, the weather service said.

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