With a slight chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm Wednesday evening, the forecast for Thursday was calling for mostly sunny skies on Long Island and temperatures in the low 80s, forecasters said.
A similar scenario is likely right into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service, with slightly cooler temperatures predicted on the East End.
“With plenty of sunshine, high temperatures on Thursday and Friday” were expected to reach the low 80s, with 82 the normal daily high for Long Island MacArthur Airport, the weather service said.
What’s marring this picture for beachgoers, though, is the continuing risk of rip currents at ocean beaches, brought about by swells from Hurricane Chris, which is well out to sea. Thursday was bringing a moderate rip current risk, with a moderate to high risk into the weekend, the weather service said.
Also on Wednesday, Nassau's South Shore could have minor coastal flooding during the evening high tide cycle, with that potential also for Thursday and Friday evenings, the weather service said.