The unofficial start of summer has looked anything but thanks to off-and-on storms to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. By Saturday evening, things take a turn for the warmer.
A lunchtime deluge rained down on the metro area and prompted organizers to call off the rest of Saturday's scheduled Bethpage Air Show. Reports of flooding and downed trees are still being confirmed in New Jersey.
Officials out in Plainfield reported a fallen tree that injured three people around 1 p.m., sending at least person to the hospital.
After ferocious winds and sheets of rain whipped across the tri-state while holiday travelers looked to get out of town Friday afternoon and evening, another afternoon storm ruined chances of enjoying newly open beaches and outdoor lunches Saturday.
It's not looking like a great beach day, anyway, with a high rip current risk making it a worse one for south-facing Long Island beaches. Around lunchtime, severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings were issued for a handful of counties. Check the latest weather alerts here.
Rainfall totals could add up to another 1-2 inches by the time the second wave of storms moves out Saturday afternoon. That means the ground could be saturated as people wake up, and then more added later in the day.
That is not to say that Saturday will be a washout, however. Between and after the rain, there may be a fair amount of sunshine — but during that window of a couple of hours in the afternoon, the weather may be not-so-nice for those at the beach or who have outdoor plans.
What's causing the lingering additional chances for rain? The parent system causing our unsettled weather will take until late Saturday to clear the area, as it is a very slow-moving system. There is also a lot of atmospheric moisture still overhead that will fuel the heavy downpours, and the air won't dry out until the system passes through.
But once the wet weather moves on Saturday afternoon, the heat becomes the headline through Memorial Day — and beyond.
Conditions improve Sunday and Monday, with highs expected to near 80 Sunday and top that mark by Monday afternoon under light clouds, when temperatures could hit 90 away from the coast. Tuesday could end up topping 90 degrees, and could be the hottest day so far this year.
Mugginess will be a factor, though. The warm stretch accelerates and continues at least until next Friday, when another bout of thunderstorms associated with a cold front will send temperatures back to average for this time of year.
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