• There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, mainly before 1 p.m. , but otherwise it’s expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 84 degrees and a south wind 7 to 10 miles per hour. Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 66 degrees. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon tomorrow, but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high near 83 degrees. The blistering heat returns Wednesday, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 90; Thursday and Friday are also expected to be mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s.
• State Assemblyman Fred Thiele says State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli “has hit the nail on the head” in his new report on LIPA’s transition to having its grid serviced by PSEG-Long Island. The report points out that electric rates continue to rise, debt continues to rise, oversight is lacking, customer satisfaction is the lowest in the nation and it is unclear whether service or reliability has improved. Mr. Thiele voted against the 2013 LIPA Reform Act, which transferred the servicing of the grid to PSEG-Long Island, a division of New Jersey-based PSE&G.
“It is ludicrous for the Department of Public Service, which is supposed to provide some limited oversight over LIPA, to call this a success,” said Mr. Thiele. “We are currently facing a substantial rate increase that Long Islanders can’t afford. DPS has bungled the review with major mistakes and has totally lost public confidence.”
Mr. Thiele says he hopes to introduce revisions to the LIPA Reform Act when the state legislature reconvenes.
• An endangered right whale was spotted off the ocean coast of Southampton last week, and was last seen on Thursday in East Quogue. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation is reminding the public to stay at least 150 feet away from the whale, for both its safety and your own, and to call their 24-hour hotline at 631.369.9829 if you see the whale so that marine biologists can track its whereabouts.
• Ray Red performs a free concert on the Montauk Green at 6:30 p.m. tonight, The Golden Fists of Fury perform a free concert in Greenport’s Mitchell park tonight at 7:30 p.m. and the Village of Westhampton Beach hosts a free screening of “Ghostbusters” tonight on the great lawn at sunset. The Beacon’s full free outdoor summer concert listings are online here.
• Humorist David Sedaris will be at Guild Hall in East Hampton tonight to discuss such interesting topics as discussing diabetes with owls. The show begins at 8 p.m. More information is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.