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Long Island weather: ‘Much warmer,’ slight chance of rain Thursday

There could be some rain Thursday morning and

There could be some rain Thursday morning and in the early afternoon, but temperatures will be warmer -- and even warmer Friday, forecasters said. Credit: News 12 Long Island

Warmer weather is here, if only for a few days.

“Mother nature has been hitting us with some cold weather for the past several weeks. We’re in for some relief,” News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said Thursday.

Predawn temperatures that had been below freezing Wednesday were in the low 40s Thursday morning, had risen into the low 50s by midday and were continuing to rise toward an expected high of about 60 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

On Friday, the temperature is expected to hit a high of 70 degrees under partly sunny skies, the weather service said.

Don’t be jealous, but the temperature could reach a high in the low 80s Friday west of New York City, the weather service said.

Still, there was some downside in the forecast. There could be showers Thursday evening, there’s a slight chance of showers Friday morning, and fog might roll across the South Shore early Saturday, Hoffman said.

The rest of the day Saturday will be mostly sunny with temperatures reaching a high near 70 degrees, the weather service said.

The temperature dips again Sunday, hitting an expected high in the mid-40s under the threat of rain.

A low pressure system moving across the area from Sunday night into Monday night may bring periods of heavy rain capable of causing local flooding, the weather service said.

Temperatures for the first three days of next week are likely to be in the low to mid-50s, the weather service said.

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