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Wednesday's mostly sunny; moderate rip current risk for Long Island's ocean beaches

Twenty-four hours after torrential rains pounded much of

Twenty-four hours after torrential rains pounded much of Nassau and Suffolk, Long Islanders awake Wednesday to the promise of sunny skies. Photo Credit: Weather Underground

Twenty-four hours after torrential rains pounded much of Nassau and Suffolk, Long Islanders had a Wednesday of mostly sunny skies.

Morning temperatures in the 70s were forecast to head into the low to mid-80s, according to the National Weather Service in Upton, which is calling for a high of about 84 degrees in central Long Island. There is a moderate risk of rip currents for the Island's ocean beaches, where slightly cooler temperatures are expected, the service said.

Light winds should be about 6 to 10 mph, forecasters said.

There's a "very slim chance" of showers between 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, but most of the next seven days should be dry, according to News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman.

Wednesday's partly cloudy to mostly clear skies should provide good viewing for the Perseid meteor shower, he said. Lows Wednesday night should be near 63, with some temperatures in the 50s around the pine barrens, Hoffman said.

The best time for viewing the Perseid meteor showers should be about 3 a.m. Thursday.

Wednesday into Thursday also marks the anniversary of Long Island setting the 24-hour precipitation record for New York State -- 13.57 inches of rain falling Aug. 12 and 13, 2014, at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.

That broke the previous mark of 11.6 inches in upstate Tannersville on Aug. 26 to 27, 2011, during Tropical Storm Irene.

With The Associated Press

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