• Today will be sunny, with a high near 42 degrees but wind chill values between 15 and 25, with a northwest wind 8 to 10 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 23. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 38 and Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 39.
• Suffolk County reported 2,194 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Thursday, with 10.5 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 840 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 124 of them in ICU. The county reported 22 new deaths from the virus on Thursday, bringing the death toll here to 2,410.
“Almost a week in to the New Year, we continue to see record numbers of new cases, reaching a new high today at 2,194. We are at a critical point in our fight against this virus, and we have the power to stop this troubling trend,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Thursday. “Our vigilance now will ensure a strong economic recovery by keeping local businesses and schools open and help keep our hospital system from becoming overwhelmed.”
“With the vaccination effort underway, we are in the homestretch of this battle,” he added. “But until we have reached our goal of vaccinating more than 850,000 county residents, face coverings and social distancing are a must to protect the health and safety of our communities.”
• The East Hampton Town Board will accept public comments on the latest draft of its agreements to allow the cable from the South Fork Wind Farm to be placed under town roads at its Tuesday, Jan. 12 work session. Here’s our full story.
• Music For Montauk is presenting the online premiere of a new performance of composer Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” filmed at Camp Hero in Montauk, next Friday, Jan. 15. Here are more details.
• The North Fork Environmental Council is encouraging residents to get rid of plastic in their life in the new year. Here’s their Youtube video on the topic:
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:10 a.m., 5:35 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:18 a.m., 4:43 p.m.
Greenport: 5:47 a.m., 6:12 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:29 a.m., 7:05 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:42 a.m., 6:07 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:09 a.m., 7:34 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:16 a.m., 7:41 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:09 a.m., 4:28 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet:2:18 a.m., 2:37 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:06 a.m., 6:32 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:14 a.m., 5:40 p.m.
Greenport: 6:43 a.m., 7:09 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:29 a.m., 8:06 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:38 a.m., 7:04 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:05 a.m., 8:31 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:12 a.m., 8:38 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:11 a.m., 5:35 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:20 a.m., 3:44 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.