As thunder crashes across Long Island, the National Weather Service has extended its Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the region through 8 PM tonight. Gusty winds reaching speeds up to 70 mph are possible throughout the storm, as are periods of heavy rainfall and even isolated large hail.
The Thunderstorm Watch overlaps with a Heat Advisory that had already been in place due to sustained periods of high temperatures on the Island. The intense heat coupled with high humidity increases the risk for heat-related health issues, especially for the elderly and those who suffer from chronic health problems.
A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity make it feel as though the temperature is between 100 and 104°F for two or more consecutive hours.
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