Slightly above average temperatures and rain kick off the workweek's weather Monday before conditions dry out on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday’s forecast includes a 50% chance of showers mainly before 9 a.m. with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 81. Showers are likely at night with possibly thunderstorms, mainly after 3 a.m. New rainfall amounts are predicted to be between a tenth and quarter of an inch, but could be higher due to the potential thunderstorms, the weather service said.

Showers linger into Tuesday with a 60% chance of precipitation and possible thunderstorms. Partly sunny skies are due to prevail in the afternoon though with a high near 82 and south wind between 5 to 10 mph are also in the forecast. Skies also clear up at night with a low around 62.

“Certainly any and all the rain that we can get through Tuesday will be beneficial for the area,” said Faye Marrone, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton.

As of Sept. 6, Long Island was classified as being in a state of severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Average temperatures for this time of year in Islip are in the mid 70s, Marrone said. 

Wednesday kicks off a dry streak with sunny skies with a high near 82. At night, clear skies with a low around 61 are forecast.

Temperatures slightly cool off for a sunny Thursday with temperature in the mid 70s and a nighttime low near 56.

Friday will be sunny with a high near 75 and mostly clear at night with a low in the mid 50s. 

Saturday will also be sunny with a high in the upper 70s and a nighttime low around 61.

Sunday will have mostly sunny skies with a high near 78.

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