Long Island could face heavy rains at times Saturday evening with chances for high winds during a brief storm predicted to arrive shortly.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather statement with the expected arrival of a strong thunderstorm that had moved over Queens and Nassau County.

The storm could brings winds up to 40 mph at times and was expected to move east over Babylon and Gilgo Beach.

Matt Hammer, meteorologist with News 12 Long Island, said there is a chance for scattered showers to develop, with a “brief, heavier downpour” along with a passing thunderstorm more likely throughout the evening.

The Belmont Stakes race at Belmont Park in Elmont escaped unscathed without any rainfall during a packed photo finish, following a 6:36 p.m. post time.

Sun showers and brief heavy rain fell over Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, pushing the game start time to 7:20 p.m.

Some areas could get up to a quarter-inch of rain, with local areas seeing higher amounts. While some gusty wind and small hail is possible, flooding is not expected, meteorologist John Murray said in the weather service’s Upton office.

The NWS storm prediction center’s outlook on the storm shows about a 15 percent chance of the thunderstorms becoming severe. The chance for showers starts to decrease about 10 p.m., Murray said.

Sunday will remain dry, Murray said, with strong northwestern winds from 15 to 20 mph and gusts up to 35 mph.

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“Saturday will be breezy, but tomorrow it will be even stronger,” Murray said. Temperatures for Sunday across Nassau and Suffolk will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

“It’ll be dry all day,” Murray said.

For the week ahead, Hammer said to expect a dry workweek with temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s, with lows at night in the 50s.

With John Asbury