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Long Island weather: Thunderstorms, showers Tuesday afternoon

Long Islanders should be keep an eye out Tuesday afternoon for showers and possibly a thunderstorm, forecasters say.

The National Weather Service said in a tweet shortly after 2 p.m. that “a broken line of showers with gusty winds 30 to 40 mph” was moving into northern areas of the Island.

There was a line of showers crossing the Island an hour later, but with no sign of lightning so far, said Carlie Buccola, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton. Look for scattered showers to follow, she said.

The most likely timing for the fast-moving bout of rain was from 2 to 6 p.m., said Brian Ciemniecki, also a meteorologist in Upton. A rumble of thunder can’t be ruled out, with the potential for gusty winds and even small hail to accompany any strong storm, he said.

Temperatures were forecast to head up to the high 60s to low 70s, with Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma reporting 65 degrees just before 3 p.m., having reached at least 69 earlier Tuesday.

The rest of the workweek is expected to be partly to mostly sunny, the service said.

The temperature will top out near 70 degrees Wednesday and Thursday and rise to a high of about 80 degrees Friday, the weather service said.

There is a chance of showers Saturday and Sunday with the high both days in the low to mid-70s, forecasters said.

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