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Long Island forecast: A dry but cloudy Monday rescues the holiday weekend

People cross the street on Main Street in

People cross the street on Main Street in Southampton on Sunday during a cold and rainy Memorial Day weekend. Credit: John Roca

Cool temperatures and drenching rains stayed on Long Island for a second day Sunday, but the Memorial Day weekend won't be completely wet.

Monday's forecast calls for cloudy skies, but dry conditions and highs pushing 70 degrees, far closer to what is normal for this time of year, forecasters said.

Sunday's rain and cold meant yet another cancellation of the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach but organizers said the show will take place Monday.

As of Sunday night, more than three inches of rain had fallen on parts of Long Island. In Nassau, East Rockaway got the most, 3.1 inches. In Suffolk, where there were higher amounts of rain generally, Upton topped the list with 3.7 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

The weekend chill — highs only in the low 50s — was far below normal. The average high for May 30 at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip is 72 degrees.

Monday looks dry but still cooler-than-average with a high about 69, mostly cloudy skies. Rain is expected to continue through midnight Sunday, slowing to a drizzle that is expected to stop by early Monday.

Tuesday, the first day of June, will be a bit warmer under mostly sunny skies and highs edging into the mid-70s. Wednesday is predicted to be mostly cloudy again with a high in the mid-70s.

A 40% and 50% chance of showers is in the forecast for Thursday and Friday when temperatures will be in the mid- and upper-70s respectively.

Saturday looks dry with partly sunny skies and a high around 80.

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