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Thursday brings sunny, drier weather to Long Island

Long Island weather forecast for July 16, 2015

Long Island weather forecast for July 16, 2015 Credit: Newsday/NWS

Bid farewell to the sticky, humid weather. At least for a day or two.

With an overnight cold front pushing out the muggy air that had lingered over Long Island for several days, Thursday will work out to be day of dry air and bright sunshine, the National Weather Service said.

Daily highs in the low 80s are expected with north winds from 11 to 14 mph, the service's Upton office said.

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman called the change in conditions refreshing.

"Dry, less humid air," he said. "It feels great."

While humid weather will reappear for the weekend, Hoffman said that both Thursday and Friday will provide more comfortable outdoor conditions, with dew points in the 50s -- signifying less humidity -- and clear blue skies.

Thursday night lows will be in the low to mid 60s with winds subsiding to about 5 mph and shifting to the south.

For beachgoers, the service said in a hazardous weather outlook that Thursday presents a moderate threat for rip currents at ocean beaches.

Friday is another "sunny and nice" day, Hoffman said. Winds pick up again, from the north at 10 to 15 mph. They shift south overnight to about 5 mph. Also, the overnight skies cloud slightly and threaten both Nassau and Suffolk counties with scattered showers.

Then, Hoffman said, "warmer, more humid weather for the weekend."

Saturday calls for daily highs in the mid 80s, with Sunday likely to push for temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.

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