Unsettled conditions continue Wednesday, which is expected to start out dry, but with increasing chances for drizzle and light showers starting in the afternoon, said Faye Barthold, National Weather Service meteorologist, based in Upton.

Temperatures of about 70 degrees are expected, dipping to the mid-60s toward the East End, she said.

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News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said the period of unsettled weather is likely to extend through Saturday.

“More clouds than sunshine over the next several days,” Hoffman said.

Thursday, too, has rain in the forecast, with higher chances for Long Island for the evening and overnight hours, Barthold said. There’s potential for heavy rain, with the best chances looking to be overnight Thursday into Friday, she said.

In all, the area could see a much-needed inch to inch and a half of rain from Wednesday night through Saturday, Barthold said, with a nod to most of the Island’s being in severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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“It may be a little dreary, but we do need the rain,” she said.