A dreary forecast is in store for Long Island starting Saturday and lasting until Tuesday as a cold front shifts over the area, bringing clouds and the chance of rain.

Temperatures Saturday morning “started off on the mild side,” said Carlie Buccola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s bureau in Upton. “However, a cold front from central New York is drifting south, and while we’ll have a relatively dry start, as the front advances we’ll see a chance for rain.”

Matt Hammer, a meteorologist with News 12 Long Island, said Saturday that Long Islanders are in for “a period of unsettled weather starting today.”

“There’s a chance for spotty rain showers — not a washout — but hit-and-miss rain showers,” Hammer said.

The rain is expected to be light, Buccola said, and will likely start late in the afternoon into the evening hours.

“It won’t amount to very much, but this pattern will continue into next week,” Buccola said. “It’ll be an unsettled, murky, cloudy-type weekend.”

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Highs on Saturday are expected to reach into the low 50s, a few degrees higher than normal, which sits at 50 for this time of year. The low Saturday night will be in the upper 30s.

Sunday will be cloudy with the chance of rain developing in the evening, Buccola said.

“It doesn’t look like we’ll see the sun until midweek,” she said.

The spotty-showers pattern will continue through Tuesday, Hammer said. On Sunday, the weather will feel much cooler and “raw” with highs in the 40s.

“We’re quickly back to the 50s on Monday, and we’ll stay around 50 or so right on through the end of next week,” Hammer said. “We’ll finally break the pattern on Wednesday for a mix of sun and clouds.”

Wednesday “looks to be the best day of the week by far,” Hammer said. A small chance for a shower will pop up again on Friday, he said.

“This pattern can happen in the spring,” Hammer said. “Late March showers can bring May flowers, too.”