A couple of days' worth of cloudy skies and cool temperatures are in store for Long Island before things warm up for the weekend, the National Weather Service said Thursday.
Daily highs Thursday and Friday should be in the low to mid 60s, the service's Upton office said. Then it should be sunny and much warmer -- about 75 degrees -- on Saturday when American Pharoah goes for horse-racing's Triple Crown at Belmont Park.
Thursday calls for daily highs around 60, and Friday's forecast is a bit warmer, with daily highs near 64.
Both days will be cloudy with a chance of rain.
"Any showers we get will be light," News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said. "Most areas will be dry."
The low to mid 60s are about 10 degrees cooler than normal for this time of the year, forecasters said.
On Thursday, light winds from the east top out at about 11 mph, and there's about a 40-percent chance of rain starting in the early evening.
Overnight lows are in the mid to upper 60s, and the chance of rain into Friday morning drops to about 20 percent.
Friday morning also starts with a chance of rain before noon and then another slight chance of precipitation with showers before midnight.
Chance of rain ranges from 30 percent during the morning to 20 percent for the nighttime hours.
Clear, mostly sunny skies are expected for both Saturday and Sunday, although Sunday is likely to be a bit cooler, with daily highs in the upper 60s.