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Long Island weather: Lots of sunshine Tuesday as winds end

Starting Tuesday night, there are chances for rain and showers through the rest of the week.

Tuesday is bringing "Lots of sunshine -- bright

Tuesday is bringing "Lots of sunshine -- bright and beautiful," News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said. Photo Credit: Newsday

Skies were clear and sunshine plentiful Tuesday, as gusty winds were set to start diminishing later in the afternoon, forecasters said.

Look for those gusts — up to 25 and 35 mph in some spots as of midafternoon — to lessen, as clouds start building toward sunset, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. “Lots of sunshine," he said in the morning, "bright and beautiful.”

As of around 2 p.m., Long Island MacArthur Airport was reporting 61 degrees, with fair skies and wind from the northwest of 18 mph. Normal temps for the day at the Ronkonkoma airport are 58 for the high and 41, the low.

A few showers are expected overnight into early Wednesday, Hoffman said. That’s as a frontal system approaches from the west, bringing chances of light rain, the National Weather Service said.

Those showers wrap up by early morning Wednesday, which goes on to deliver sunny skies as temps again head up to the low 60s.

Long Islanders may have noticed that, true to form, April, so far, has been featuring plenty of showers — even a pelting rainy day. Indeed, 10 of the first 15 days of the month have registered precipitation at the airport, with rainfall so far about a quarter of an inch above normal.

So, who’s going to be surprised that Thursday, Friday and Saturday also have chances of precipitation in the picture? 

As Hoffman puts it, "hit-and-miss showers through the weekend."

After Thursday’s highs in the mid-50s, the mid-60s are expected for the rest of the week, the weather service says.

Meteorologists are watching "a slow moving frontal system" that the weather service says could bring "a low chance for flooding rains" from Friday night into Saturday. So, better stay tuned.

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