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Long Island forecast: Cooler temperatures for Columbus Day

A kayaker glides along the still water of

A kayaker glides along the still water of Centerport Harbor on Sunday under a gray sky. Credit: Daniel Goodrich

Long Islanders can expect a gloomy Columbus Day holiday Monday with the chance of  patchy drizzle and cooler temperatures, meteorologists said.

It won’t be the “best day,” said meteorologist Faye Morrone of the National Weather Service’s Upton office. It will be a bit cooler with highs in the upper 60s, “closer to normal for this time of year,” she said.

Fall weather has usually kicked in by this time in October, with the high about 65 to 66 degrees, Morrone said.

But the unseasonably high temperatures will be back for most of the week.

Tuesday and Wednesday may well be the grandest days of the week with lots of sun and high temperatures near 80 degrees, said News 12 meteorologist Bruce Avery.

Thursday is expected to be mostly cloudy with showers in the evening, the high temperature reaching into the mid-70s, he said.

Friday will start to cool down again with highs in the mid-60s and a chance of showers lingering through much of the day, Morrone said.

Then, time to dig out the sweaters.

Saturday and Sunday could cool down even further with highs in the lower 60s, she said. “While the midweek period will be warm for this time of year, by the weekend we’ll be much more typical for what you’d expect for the fall, mid-October period.”

There’s a slight chance of showers Saturday, but Sunday looks dry for now, she said.

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