Long Islanders woke up Sunday morning to a range of cool temperatures that will continue to climb before an unsettled weather system expected to linger throughout the week arrives about noon and brings a chance of showers.
By 7:45 a.m. the temperature was only 25 in Westhampton, 37 in Farmingdale and 40 in Montauk but throughout the Island temperatures should rise to at least the mid 40s by 10 a.m. then climb to around 50 by noon and reach the mid 50s around 3 p.m., according to Fay Barthold, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton.
Showers could move in around noon but only 0.01 to 0.02 inch of rain was expected.
"There'll be really minor amounts of rain if we do see a shower," Barthold said. "It'll be a cloudier day than people would like to see for Easter."
Barthold said a bright spot in the Sunday forecast was the absence of the brutal wind that raced across the Island Saturday though it could get breezy at times with southwest winds generally from 10 to 15 miles per hour.
Lows Sunday night will drop back into the upper 30s but temperatures will reach only the mid 30s east in Riverhead.
"Monday may be one of the best days of the week," Barthold said. It will be dry and fairly warm with highs in the mid to upper 50s and lows at night in the mid to upper 40s. There's a chance of showers again after midnight.
On Tuesday, look for the rain to continue with winds expected to remain relatively calm for the rest of the week.
"There won't be a ton of rain on Tuesday but it looks like a dreary, wet day," Barthold said. "Highs will reach the mid to upper 50s so it won't be a cold rain." Lows Tuesday will be in the lower 40s.
Rain showers continue into Wednesday and cooler temperatures return when highs will be in the mid 40s and then dip into the mid 30s.
"On Thursday we'll get kind of a break," Barthold said. It will be mostly cloudy, but rain was not expected during the day. "Highs will go back into the mid 40s, which is cool for this time of year. Normally it would be in the mid 50s." There's a chance of showers at night when the temperature again dips to around 40.
The unsettled weather continues into the start of the weekend Friday.
"We bring the chance of showers back with highs in the mid 50s and it'll be mostly cloudy," Barthold said. Lows were expected to be in the mid 40s at night.
News 12 Long Island meteorologist Samantha Augeri said better days are expected to come next weekend.
"Saturday into Sunday could be in the low 60s islandwide for the first time," Augeri said. "It's starting to look like things are starting to level off a little bit."