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Long Island weather: Temperatures drop as storms exit region

A woman walks in a downpour Wednesday along

A woman walks in a downpour Wednesday along Main Street in East Islip. Credit: James Carbone

Chilly temperatures and blustery winds await Long Islanders Thursday, one day after a fast-moving storm swept through the region, bringing heavy downpours and hail the size of pennies.

While Thursday will see the sun return, with the wind chill, the morning will seem like winter never left. The National Weather Service in Upton said it will feel like 25 to 35 degrees before thermometers rise to the low-50s during the day.

Wind gusts will reach 25 to 35 mph and potentially 40 mph along the coast Thursday while Friday will see spring temperatures return, with sunshine and a daytime high in the low 60s, the weather service said.

That's a far cry from Wednesday when a powerful thunderstorm pelted Nassau, Suffolk and New York City with heavy rain and hail ranging from the size of pea to a penny, said Dominic Ramunni, a meteorologist with the weather service. A severe thunderstorm watch expired Wednesday evening although high winds were expected to remain overnight,

"As this line moves through we are going to see the wind in general pickup and we are going to have a pretty blustery next 24 hours," Ramunni said.

Ramunni described hail in late-April as "an anomaly" but not altogether unusual.

Nassau and Suffolk police said the storm did not cause any significant damage but the weather service said heavy winds in excess of 40 mph brought down a handful of trees, Ramunni said.

PSEG Long Island reported few outages as of Wednesday evening — as of 6:30 p.m. just 22 outages were reported.

The chilly temperatures expected overnight were forecast to send thermometers to a low of 34 degrees and wind gusts up to 35 mph, according to the weather service.

After a sunny but breezy Thursday reaching a high of 49 degrees, temperatures rise Friday to a high of 62 degrees with plenty of sun.

Then clouds roll in on Saturday with a high of 66 degrees.

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