Long Islanders can expect a cooler-than-normal start to the week along with much-needed rain, forecasters said.

Sunday evening brought brief showers to parts of Long Island, predominantly in Nassau and western Suffolk County, with a 50 percent of chance of more rainfall throughout the night, said John Cristantello, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Upton.

Monday, "more so in the afternoon and evening hours, the threat is going to be there for rain," Cristantello said.

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Highs will be in the 60s Monday with temperatures in the lower 60s on the East End and upper 60s in Nassau County. Skies will be cloudy with a 60 percent to 80 percent chance of rain throughout the day. There could be up to 2 inches of rain and lows will be in the 50s, said Joe Pollina, a meteorologist with the service.

The last measurable rainfall on Long Island was April 20, said Samantha Augeri, a meteorologist with News 12 Long Island.

"There has been a moderate drought," Augeri said. "We're really going to catch up. We'll be getting out of the drought situation."

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Look for it to be mostly cloudy Tuesday with highs in the 60s. There will again be a chance of rain and lows will be in the lower to mid-50s.

"Monday and Tuesday will be a little cooler than normal," Pollina said. He said normally temperatures are in the lower 70s.

Wednesday is expected to be dry with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s at the East End, but it will be cloudy until the afternoon. Lows are expected in the mid- to upper 50s.


Highs are expected to be in the 70s on Thursday when it will be partly cloudy. Highs will be in the 70s and lows will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Friday's highs are expected to reach into the upper 70s but it will be partly cloudy and the start of the weekend could be wet.

"There may be a passing shower or thunderstorm," Pollina said. Lows will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

With Laura Figueroa