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Long Island weather: Cloudy today, then rainy start to New Year's Eve

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Reed McDonough looks at the weather forecast on Wednesday, predicting a rainy New Year's Eve. Credit: News 12 Long Island

It looks like a bright start for 2021, with forecasters calling for rain Thursday morning but then clearing by New Year's Eve night, with temperatures dropping to the 30s.

Rain will move in mainly before 10 a.m. Thursday, with a high near 45 degrees and a west wind between 8 and 13 miles per hour becoming northwest in the afternoon. It will be mostly cloudy during the early evening, then gradually clearing, with a low around 30 degrees and a north wind around 7 mph,

New Year's Day will bring a 50% chance of rain after 1 p.m., with increasing clouds, and a high near 41 degrees. Wind chill values will be between 25 and 35 degrees, with a northeast wind around 7 mph.

Friday night is expected to bring rain, according to the National Weather Service. Temperature will rise to around 45 degrees by 5 a.m. with an east wind between 7 and 9 mph. Between a half-inch and three quarters of an inch of rain is possible.

There is a 50% chance of rain before 10 a.m. Saturday. It will be cloudy, then gradually become mostly sunny, with a high near 53 degrees. Saturday night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 36 degrees.

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