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Long Island weather: Monday to be best of Labor Day weekend

People line up on the Shinnecock Inlet Pier

People line up on the Shinnecock Inlet Pier to fish in Hampton Bays, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Photo Credit: Veronique Louis

Labor Day weekend is likely to be a little soggy as evening showers are expected to begin Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

“Unfortunately for everyone looking for great, warm weather on this unofficial end of summer weekend, they will have to wait until Monday,” News 12 Long Island meteorologist Matt Hammer said in an email. “We start this Labor Day Weekend with a fall feel, frustrating for some!”

Saturday began with partly cloudy skies and temperatures are expected to hit a high of 68 degrees, according to the weather service.

Hammer said the morning began with an unseasonably cold low of 39 degrees in Westbury. The normal low this time of year is 63 degrees, he said.

There’s a slight — 30 percent — chance of rain Saturday afternoon before showers are expected to begin in earnest after 7 p.m. and bring between a 1⁄4 and 1⁄2 an inch of rain.

The rain and cooler temperatures are coming from different directions, Faye Morone, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Upton office said.

“We had a cold front go through Thursday afternoon,” Morone said. “Yesterday was on the cooler side as well. It’s kind of ushered in some of this colder air yesterday and today.”

Morone said that cold front came from Canada, but the rain expected Saturday and Sunday is “associated with the remnants of [Hurricane] Harvey.”

Rain is expected to continue Sunday morning and last until about 1 p.m., again bringing between a 1⁄4 and 1⁄2 an inch of precipitation, according to the weather service.

Temperatures Sunday should reach a high near 77 degrees followed by a low Sunday night of around 62 degrees.

“By the time we get to Labor Day Monday, we will have much nicer weather!” Hammer said. “All of your outdoor activities Monday look great weather-wise.”

The three-day weekend is expected to end with a sun-splashed Monday bringing highs near 79 degrees and winds from the southwest between 8 and 11 miles per hour.

“Monday looks dry,” Morone said. “We should see plenty of sunshine.”

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