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Warm and humid conditions to start the week ahead

A dreary Saturday will lead to a Sunday that shows a little improvement. It's not the best of weekends, but it's still summer. A somewhat unsettled pattern sets up shop over Long Island to the new week. Warmer temperatures and higher humidity are expected for a good chunk of the upcoming week.

Saturday started off rainy, and by late afternoon, the last of the raindrops cleared the East End. Temperatures remained in the 60s and 70s all day, well below the seasonable levels of the mid 80s. Clouds stick around Saturday night with the chance of a shower. Heading into Sunday, a disturbance passes offshore. This may clip eastern portions of the Island with rain in the morning, but the sun should break out by the afternoon, at the latest. High temperatures reach or exceed 80 degrees. Humidity levels will be in the "high"category.

As a stationary front pushes away offshore by Monday, more sun is featured in the forecast. High temperatures warm up into the 80s for Monday through Wednesday with uncomfortable humidity levels. The chance of rain is confined to inland areas where there is a little more unstable air for Monday and Tuesday. A cold front approaches for Wednesday and this could touch off thunderstorms around the tri-state area into Wednesday night. Leftover clouds on Thursday signal the start of somewhat cooler air and more comfortable humidity levels, and both last right into next weekend.

MacArthur Airport has not reached 90 degrees yet this summer or this calendar year, and that milestone does not expect to be reached for yet another week.

Tropical Storm Bertha is exiting the Caribbean area Saturday night and is headed into the Bermuda Triangle. It's a disorganized, weak storm that seemed to be more of a rainmaker over some islands this weekend. Saturday evening's forecast from the National Hurricane Center indicates no threat to Long Island. By the middle of the new week, it may kick up the rip currents and a wave or two.

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