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'Warm summer feel' for Memorial Day weekend

Go ahead and break out the tank tops and sunscreen.

The unofficial first weekend of summer is expected to indeed have "a warm summer feel," said Samantha Augeri, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.

Forecasters are calling for a humid holiday weekend with partly sunny skies and temperatures around 80 degrees along the coast. Temperatures are expected to be a few degrees higher inland, with highs in the 70s on the East End.

Leading up to the weekend, there's a 40 percent chance of showers Friday, decreasing to 20 percent Friday night, said Joe Pollina, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton.

As of Wednesday, neither Pollina nor Augeri were forecasting fog Saturday or Sunday at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, but fog is hard to predict so far in advance, so Pollina said to keep an eye on the forecast.

Weatherwise, Saturday looks like the safer bet, as the weather service is predicting a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms in the Jones Beach area midafternoon to early evening Sunday.

There's also a slight chance of showers Monday, he said.

Another reason to consider Saturday for the air show -- it's traditionally the less crowded of the two days, said George Gorman, deputy regional director of New York State Parks. The show runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With two jet teams performing, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Gorman said he's expecting a big crowd, around 350,000 for the two days, 100,000 more than last year, when neither the Blue Angels nor the Air Force Thunderbirds could perform due to scheduling conflicts.

Whatever day, get on the road early, he said, as traffic starts backing up by around 11 a.m.

As of Wednesday morning, many performers had already arrived, Gorman said, and "we're looking great."

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