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Long Island weather: Showers before a hot, humid weekend

Long Island’s hot weather lovers can rejoice, as that’s just what’s coming our way.

As a prelude, Thursday was expected to bring showers and possibly thunderstorms throughout the day, forecasters said.

It won't necessarily  be a good day for swimming, so anyone who does go to the shore should know there’ll be a high rip current risk Thursday for ocean beaches.

After topping out Wednesday in the mid-70s, look for temperatures to rise to around 80 degrees Thursday, which is normal for the  date at Long Island MacArthur Airport. The East End was expected to come in at a few degrees cooler.

“It will become increasingly warm and humid on Thursday,” the National Weather Service said, tweeting that, for Friday through Monday, “The heat is coming,” warning of the “potential for heat-related illness with prolonged exposure.”

Temperatures Friday, Saturday and Sunday for much of Long Island, all expected to bring sunny skies, could reach the upper 80s to low 90s, but, given the humidity it'll feel around one to three degrees warmer on average, said Joe Pollina, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

Also in a tweet, the National Weather Service’s Eastern Region office advised people to “keep hydrated, limit strenuous outdoor activities, and do not leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles.”

Look for some relief from heat and humidity by the middle of next week, Pollina said.

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