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Long Island weather: Summer arrives with a wet start

The wide-open spaces of the great lawn at

The wide-open spaces of the great lawn at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, provided the perfect stage for 10-year old Elena Stavroulakis of Brightwaters to practice her self-taught somersaults during an outing to the popular state park with her mother and brother on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Here it is people, the first day of summer.

Thursday is the day that sees the year’s shortest stretch of night and the longest stretch of day, which lasts just over 15 hours on Long Island, said Jay Engle, National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton.

And, even though Thursday morning may be on the rainy side, sunshine — while it would have been nice — is not a requirement.

Sunrise on Long Island may be at 5:21 a.m., but the summer solstice occurs at 6:07 a.m., marking the moment summer traditionally starts in the Northern Hemisphere, and winter starts in the Southern, all based on which pole is tilting more toward the sun.

Still, while summer was expected to get off to a wet start, we are looking at a fairly happy ending, as skies were forecast to clear and become partly to mostly sunny in the afternoon, Engle said.

Look for temperatures for much of the Island to head up to the high 70s, with 78 the normal high for the day at Long Island MacArthur Airport. Areas closer to the city could see 80 degrees, and the East End can expect the lower 70s.

Friday, then, was looking to bring mostly to partly sunny skies, Engle said, and highs in the low to mid 70s, with Saturday looking at similar temperatures but also the likelihood for rain.

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