• Today will be sunny and will likely be the hottest day of the week, with a high near 90 degrees. We’ll be under an air quality alert for ground level ozone from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., while New York City, which is expected to be several degrees warmer than here, is under a heat advisory until 8 p.m. We’re expecting light and variable wind this morning, becoming south 6 to 11 miles per hour this afternoon. There’s a moderate rip current risk on ocean beaches today. Tonight is expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 71 degrees.
Tomorrow, there’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5 p.m. Clouds are expected to increase throughout the day and the high will be near 85 degrees. Friday through Sunday are expected to be sunny, with highs in the upper 80s.
• One week after four women died in a limousine accident at the intersection of Depot Lane and Route 48 in Cutchogue, county contractors with Johnson Electrical Construction have begun work installing a new three-signal traffic light at the intersection to replace the blinking light that’s there now. The work had been on the county’s schedule to be completed this fall.
• Administrators at Stony Brook University Hospital and Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport are planning to work together to expand access to medical care on the North Fork, after the two hospitals announced in early July that they plan to become affiliated. They explained their plans to the Southold Town Board Tuesday morning. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society hosts one of its last hikes of July this morning at 9 a.m., with a walk along the Hither Woods Coast in Montauk. They will hike a combination of the Old North (Rum Runners) Road and the Paumanok Path, enjoying views of Gardiner’s Bay which is sometimes calm, often windswept, and always spectacular on this three-mile hike. Hikers are meeting at the end of Navy Road. More information is online here. There are also a few Blue Moon hikes scheduled for later this week, to celebrate the second full moon this month. Hike listings for August are slow coming in, but bookmark this link to keep up to date with hikes throughout the East End as they are announced.
• There’s great music to be heard free of charge from one end of the East End to the other tonight. The Hidden City Orchestra performs at Southold’s Silversmith’s Corner at 7:30 p.m., the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival kicks off with a free concert of French musical delicacies on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Museum at 6:30 p.m., Vanessa Trouble performs at Southampton’s Agawam Park at 6:30 p.m., Ray Red hosts an open mic on the Montauk Green at 5:30 p.m., singer-songwriter Taylor Barton performs at the Amagansett Library at 6:30 p.m. and Rhonda Denet and the Silver Fox Trio host a tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Montauk Library at 7 p.m.
• If your kids are getting restless with all this summer vacationing, you can take them to Meet the Animals at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge today at 3 p.m. Also this afternoon, Guild Hall hosts a KIDFest Arts & Crafts workshop at 4 p.m., followed by a comedy variety show with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at 5 p.m.
• Amagansett Square hosts a free outdoor screening of “The Goonies” at dusk tonight.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.