• Showers and thunderstorms are likely today, mainly before 9 a.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. It will be mostly cloudy throughout the day, with a high near 79 degrees and a north wind 5 to 8 miles per hour, becoming east in the afternoon. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 68. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 87 and Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 87 and a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
• Suffolk County reported 86 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending July 30, a bit higher than average, with 1.4 percent of people tested testing positive. No new deaths were reported here in that 24 hour period, and the county’s death toll stands at 1,996. Forty-two people remained hospitalized, no change from the previous day, and 14 patients are in ICU, a decrease of one.
• East Hampton Town is warning residents and visitors this weekend that beaches throughout the town may close when they reach their capacity. New York State is still limiting beach capacity to 50 percent to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Here are more details.
• All for the East End’s “Showtime in Southampton” summer drive-in movie series is slated to continue tonight and tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. with screenings of “Transformers” tonight and “Jurassic Park” tomorrow night. Here’s the ticket info. Proceeds are slated to benefit food pantries throughout the East End.
• Historians focusing on African American history on the East End are teaming up with the East Hampton Star newspaper for a project they’re hoping will give names and dignity to people who had historically been enslaved here. The Arts Center at Duck Creek is kicking off a lecture series on the program this Saturday. Read our full story.
• The virtual Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival continues this weekend with Dvořák/Moravec — A New Country, which goes live on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. on bcmf.org, and will be online through Aug. 9. It’s free to watch the performance, but donations are appreciated.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:49 a.m., 8:14 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:57 a.m., 7:22 p.m.
Greenport: 8:26 a.m., 8:51 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:23 a.m., 9:42 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:21 a.m., 8:46 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:48 a.m., 10:13 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:55 a.m., 10:20 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:54 a.m., 7:24 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:03 a.m., 5:33 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:40 a.m., 9:03 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:48 a.m., 8:11 p.m.
Greenport: 9:17 a.m., 9:40 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:18 a.m., 10:36 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:12 a.m., 9:35 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:39 a.m., 11:02 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:46 a.m., 11:09 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:53 a.m., 8:18 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:02 a.m., 6:27 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.