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Long Island weather: Rainy start to workweek

A car drives through a flooded County Road

A car drives through a flooded County Road 101, just north of the Long Island Expressway in Yaphank, Monday morning. Credit: James Carbone

While the East End was still seeing a bit of rain early afternoon Monday, skies were mostly clearing, with expectations for a spot of sun later in the day, forecasters said.

“Rain will continue to push off to the east this morning,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet. And, “while some sunshine will return by afternoon, temperatures will run 5-10 degrees below normal for early June.”

Forecasters were expecting highs of around 64 degrees Monday at Long Island MacArthur Airport, where the normal high for the day is 73 degrees. Look for slightly cooler highs on the East End, and slightly warmer closer to the city.

As of just before noon, the airport was reporting a temperature of 57 degrees.

Looking ahead to Tuesday, we see that Mother Nature continues to send showers Long Island’s way, with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon and into the overnight hours, the weather service said. Any thunderstorms could also deliver some small hail, and that’s thanks to “cold air aloft,” said Faye Morrone, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

Temperatures were expected to warm up to the low 70s.

After that, “most of the week looks good,” said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.

Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday were looking to be precipitation free, with partly or mostly sunny skies, as of the Monday forecast.

However, chances of showers appear to be back in the picture for the weekend.

June, so far, has delivered four days that saw some rain, according to the weather service’s preliminary data.

That picks up where May left off, with four out of the last five days of that month bringing rain or a trace of rain.

Still, even though 19 out of May’s 31 days recorded rain or a trace, the month overall came in at a smidgen below normal in the precipitation department — totaling 3.70 inches, which is .08 below normal for the month.

While there may be the “perception that there was a lot of rain,” Morrone said, just one day saw more than an inch, with the rest bringing just traces or small amounts.

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