Clouds, fog, rain and cooler than normal temperatures are here to stay on Long Island Saturday, as an area of low pressure to the west continues to draw moisture overhead, the National Weather Service said.
“The system has been sitting in the same spot for the last couple days, so we’re not going to see much change today,” said David Stark, meteorologist with the weather service’s Upton bureau.
A light mist in the morning has an increased chance of turning into showers this afternoon, Stark said. Temperatures will remain lower than normal, in the low 60s, he said. The normal temperature for this time of year is 68 degrees.
Matt Hammer, News 12 Long Island meteorologist, simply said: “New month, same old weather.”
Gusts of wind Saturday could be 20 mph to 25 mph, he said, while periods of scattered showers remain.
Drier air may start to move in Sunday, when “it looks like we have a shot at maybe seeing some breaks in the clouds in the afternoon,” Stark said. Temperatures could rise to the mid- to upper 60s.
Long Island is still suffering from a drought and is now at about a 9-inch deficit in rainfall so far this year, Stark said.
The warmest day of the coming week will be Monday, Hammer said, when temperatures are expected to reach 72 degrees. The clouds will finally break on Tuesday, for what may be the nicest day of the week. Midweek temperatures will be in the upper 60s.
Meteorologists are keeping an eye on Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm now in the central Caribbean Sea heading toward Jamaica.
“It’s to be determined where it will go, if it’ll go out to sea or come closer to us,” Hammer said. If Long Island were to see any impacts from that, it would be next weekend, he said.