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Forecast on first full weekend of summer on Long Island: Rainy, breezy, cool

While rainy, breezy and cool are the watchwords for the first full weekend of summer, there will be a window of time for outdoor activities.

The best chance to be outside umbrella-free is Saturday through around noon, but with cool, cloudy and increasingly breezy conditions, said Carlie Buccola, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.

Indeed, News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman says, "some breaks of sunshine in the morning, otherwise mostly cloudy skies."

Highs Saturday are expected in the low 70s, he said -- upper 70s for Sunday.

The weather service said there's a chance of showers on Long Island in the afternoon.

As of Friday's forecast, showery activity on Saturday is expected by anytime after 5 p.m., Buccola said, with heaviest rainfall after around 8 p.m. and into Sunday morning.

Conditions gradually improve Sunday, but asked when the skies could be considered rain-free, she said "definitely by Monday morning."

In all, about an inch to an inch and a half of rain is forecast, with the East End expected to see the lower end of the range.

That will contribute to improving drought conditions on the Island, deemed in the moderate drought category by the U.S. Drought Monitor. A graphic on the weather service's Facebook page says, "We are now beginning to make up significant ground in the rainfall department," showing precipitation so far this year at Long Island MacArthur Airport to be at 18.2 inches, 79 percent of normal.

The drought monitor releases its updated determinations on Thursdays.

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