An employee pushes shopping carts as light rain falls outside...

An employee pushes shopping carts as light rain falls outside the Whole Foods in Commack Monday. Credit: Barry Sloan

Light showers and a cold mist were blanketing Long Island Monday, with showers due to continue off and on through the night, forecasters said.

But a brighter and milder series of sunny days is in the offing for later this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday's high of about 36 degrees will dip just a few degrees at night, with light winds of about 10 mph. Then temperatures rise to a milder high Tuesday of about 43 degrees, the National Weather Service said, and clouds eventually part for a sunny Tuesday afternoon.

It will be be breezy, however, with occasional gusts of up to 20 mph Tuesday night, and a low back down to the mid 20s.

Then, the weather service says, there will be a pleasant stretch of dry, sunny and milder days, starting with a peak temperature of 40 degrees on Wednesday. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will see highs in the mid 40s.

Nights during that stretch will be chillier, with lows in the high 20s and 30s.

Sunday is sunny as well but the daytime high is just in the high 30s, forecasters said.

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