Mostly sunny skies forecast for the weekend
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Clear skies, sunshine, low humidity and average temperatures -- even officials at the National Weather Service agree it is a good weekend to be outside.
"It's going to be a beautiful day. We are finally seeing a day with no chance of rain," said David Stark, a meteorologist with the service, located in Upton.
The mild, seasonable weather comes after days of heavy rain that flooded streets, closed beaches and canceled a number of outdoor events -- not to mention putting this month on track to becoming one of the wettest Junes in recent history.
Only a slight chance of isolated showers in the late afternoon and evening tomorrow will dampen Father's Day, Stark said.
The Nassau County Department of Health reported only one beach, Laurel Hollow, to be closed Saturday morning because of elevated bacteria levels. All other beaches operating for the 2013 season are currently open.
Health officials in Suffolk County were still reporting a few beach closures because of water quality: Lake Ronkonkoma-Islip Beach in Islip; Copiague Harbor Beach in Babylon; Benjamins Beach in Islip; Tanner Park Beach in Babylon; and Fleets Cove Beach in Huntington.
With 10.4 inches of rainfall, June 2003 remains the wettest June since officials began keeping track in Islip in 1985. Records provided by Brookhaven National Laboratory, which has tracked weather statistics since 1949, lists the high-water mark as 12.85 inches -- set in 1982.
During the first half of this month, Islip has recorded 7.8 inches. As of now it is the fifth wettest with about 4 inches of that rainfall coming in one day.
Normal high temperatures are in the 70s and lows are in the lower 60s for this time of year.
Saturday's temperatures could climb as high as 80, but Sunday and early next week should be at or close to normal, Stark said.
But most importantly, "the rest of next week should be dry," Stark said.