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Long Island weather: Rains, winid dominated rest of work week

The National Weather Service in Islip says sunny

The National Weather Service in Islip says sunny skies will give way to clouds with a slight chance of rain later in the day; high temperatures in the mid- to upper 50s. News 12 Long lsland meteorologist Rich Hoffman has the forecast. Credit: News 12 Long Island

The next couple of days will feature on and off rain, some of it heavy, with strong winds to follow, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

"The current forecast calls for a widespread 1 - 2 inches across the area from tonight through Friday morning. Most of the heavier rainfall will fall from the period Thursday night through Friday morning," the service said in its Wednesday evening briefing.

"Southeasterly winds will increase tonight and into Thursday continuing into Friday. The strongest winds will be ahead of the approaching low pressure Thursday into Thursday night when wind gusts could range from 30 to 40 mph (locally up to 45 mph), especially near the coast," the briefing said.  

Rain is expected to move in both early Thursday morning and Thursday night, with cloudy, gusty weather in between, the weather service said.

It will be warm, the temperature reaching 59 degrees, but there will be sustained winds of 20 to 25 mph along with the higher gusts.

Thursday night, the heavy rain and storms kick in, along with the strong winds, and those conditions will last through Friday and possibly the first part of Saturday.

The sun returns Sunday, when a high of 64 degrees is expected.

While there is a 30% chance of rain on Monday, Tuesday should be sunny. Highs should be in the upper 50s to low 60s, the weather service said.

With Joan Gralla

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