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Long Island weather: Chance of showers, high in mid-70s

Mostly cloudy with chance of spotty showers this

Mostly cloudy with chance of spotty showers this afternoon and highs in the mid-70s, forecasters said.

Long Island is expected to get some wet weather Tuesday night through Wednesday, after which dry skies reign through the weekend, forecasters say. That’s as August was also looking set to end next week on a hotter than normal note.

Tuesday evening brings a slight chance of showers, with chances increasing overnight and into Wednesday, with possible thunderstorms in the mix, the National Weather Service said. Any of those storms could mean heavy rain.

Wednesday sees temperatures head up to the mid-80s or so – “warm and humid,” said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.

After that, though, a cold front passing Wednesday evening sets “Long Island up for nice beach and boating weather for the weekend,” he said.

And, get this - dry weather is expected Thursday through Sunday, according to the weather service.

Thursday was forecast to bring partly sunny skies, with highs in the upper 70s. Make that sunny or mostly sunny skies Friday through Sunday, warming up to the low 80s.

Monday, then, sees a shift, with temperatures rising to the upper 80s, with 79 the normal high for the day at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Indeed, there’s an 80 to 90 percent probability for the stretch from Aug. 26 to 30 to see temperatures averaging out at above normal, the Climate Prediction Center said. The airport’s average daily high for those days is 79 degrees, with 63 to 64 the average daily lows.

As for precipitation for that time range, the prediction center was seeing a slight tilt toward below normal rainfall.

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