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Clouds turn to sun Monday afternoon

After a drenching rain Sunday evening that dumped about an inch on most areas, Long Islanders will begin to dry out to start the work week.

Monday will start off mostly cloudy, with only a slight chance of showers. The clouds will give way to mostly sunny skies after midmorning, and things will stay that way for the remainder of the day.

Temperatures will be in the low to mid-40s, but may feel cooler than that with a breezy wind out of the north, at 15-20 mph.

Monday night will be clear and cold, with lows in the lower 20s.

Today in weather history:

1717: The "Great Snow," a composite of four winter storms to hit the eastern United States in nine days, finally came to an end. Snow depths averaged 60 inches following the storm. Up to 4 feet of snow fell around Boston, and 25-feet-high snow drifts were reported around Dorchester, Mass.

Geoffrey Bansen is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, with a degree in Atmospheric Science/Meteorology.

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