Heavy Rains Move Out, But Scattered Showers to Linger

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    Steve Villanueva's forecast for Thursday, May 9. (Published Thursday, May 9, 2013)

    Strong storms have pushed through the area, but meteorologists say the rain will linger on and off for the rest of the day and could still be heavy at times in some areas. 

    Heavy rainfall Wednesday set new daily records at Central Park (3.02 inches), LaGuardia (2.28), JFK Airport (1.54) and Newark (1.15).

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    Though the rain may be a damper for New Yorkers, the area needs it. Forecasters say the region was about 5 to 6 inches below average for rainfall prior to Wednesday's rain, but is now running about 3 to 4 inches below average.

    Forecasters say the storms aren't expected to be as intense Thursday, but they will be scattered and heavy at times. Pockets of gusty winds and small hail are possible.

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    The rain is expected to pull away from the region Thursday evening, giving way to a warm Friday with temperatures in the high 70s. Thunderstorms are possible in the late afternoon, primarily north and west of the city, meteorologists say. 

    Temperatures in the 80s are possible Saturday, but late-afternoon and evening thunderstorms may accompany the increase in heat. Mother's Day looks much nicer with highs in the upper 60s and sunny skies, forecasters say.

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