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Long Island weather: Rainy and cool

Light rain was falling on Long Island Friday morning and showers were expected to continue across the region into early afternoon, the National Weather Service said. News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman has the forecast. Credit: News 12 Long Island

Light rain was falling on Long Island Friday morning and showers were expected to continue across the region into early afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

The rain will help keep temperatures cool, with highs predicted to be near 60 to 65 degrees — slightly below normal for this time of year, the weather service said.

Both Saturday and Sunday should be sunny with matching daytime highs of 67 degrees.

Before that, look for Friday’s skies to clear in time for a cool night.

"We could see the area begin to clear out by the late afternoon while the surface cold front pushes east through Long Island," the weather service said.

On Saturday, look for dry air — more in keeping with autumn, when it is supposed to feel crisp, than the recent summer-like mugginess — as dew points descend to the 40s.

"This in addition to the clearing skies should lead to a cool start to Saturday morning," the weather service said. "Ambient temperatures will range from the low 50s across Long Island and New York City to the mid-40s along the Lower Hudson."

Another cooling factor will be light north winds, the weather service said.

Showers might arrive Sunday night, when the odds of rain are 50%, as they are on Monday as well.

After that, the sun should dominate the skies from Tuesday to Thursday. Wednesday is predicted to be the warmest day by several degrees, with a daytime high of 70 degrees expected, the weather service said.

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