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Long Island weather: ‘Wall-to-wall sunshine’ in mid-70s

After a cooler start Tuesday, sunny skies and

After a cooler start Tuesday, sunny skies and light winds are expected, forecasters said. Credit: Newsday

Sunny skies and temperatures rising to the 70s — that’s what Long Islanders are getting Tuesday, forecasters say.

Just before 11 a.m., the temperature at Long Island MacArthur Airport was 68 degrees and expected to reach around 74, the National Weather Service said. The normal high for the day is 76 degrees.

“A gorgeous day with wall-to-wall sunshine,” News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman predicted.

Still, Wednesday will be “a little bump in the weather road,” with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, and otherwise partly cloudy with a high temperature in the mid-70s, Hoffman said.

For golfers, that could affect practice rounds Wednesday, the day before the official start of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton.

Wednesday was looking to bring a 30 to 40 percent chance for showers, with a 20 percent chance for afternoon thunderstorms in that area, said Jay Engle, weather service meteorologist in Upton. Sustained winds were expected to be 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 20 to 25 mph.

Thursday and Friday should be mostly sunny with temperatures reaching a high in the upper 70s to low 80s, Hoffman said.

Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with a high both days in the low 80s, the National Weather Service said.

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