While the heaviest rain and damaging winds will remain offshore, a few downpours could make their way across Long Island. Eventually they will taper off from west to east heading into the early evening.
The biggest impact in our area will be on the beaches. While Arthur slides safely out to sea, the storm will churn up the ocean, making for rough surf and dangerous rip currents.
What happens next to Arthur
Arthur was downgraded to a category 1 hurricane this morning but continues to have winds up to 90 miles an hour. The storm will continue to weaken slowly over the next 24 hours as it moves into cooler waters.
Without warm water to fuel Hurricane Arthur, the storm will undergo an “extratropical transition”. That’s just a fancy way of saying its structure will become less like a hurricane.
While the storm will remain a hurricane at its closest approach we do not expect damaging winds. Right now hurricane force winds extend 40 miles from the center of Arthur and tropical storm force winds extend 125 miles from the center. That means the tri-state areas will remain outside of the radius for tropical storm force winds.
Scattered downpours and thunderstorms will end by 4 p.m. for the metro area and Hudson Valley. Some clearing is possible too with sunshine making a comeback for Independence Day barbecue plans. It will take a little longer for Connecticut and Eastern Long island to dry out, with rain tapering from 4-8 P.M.
The air will turn noticeably less humid tonight with a refreshing air mass moving in just in time for the weekend.
Saturday and Sunday look fantastic with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the low to middle 80s. Please make sure you check with lifeguards before jumping into the ocean. Dangerous rip currents and rough surf are likely, especially on Saturday.
Forecast by the numbers
This afternoon: Rain tapers off. Not as hot as recent days. High: 76-83.
Tonight: Clearing skies, less humid, but breezy. Low: 56-63.
Saturday: Sunny, less humid. High: 83.
Sunday: Delightful! High: 85.
Monday: More humid and hot, 90