A high pressure system coming in this weekend will finally start to push out the cold, rainy weather from the past week, the National Weather Service said, bringing warmer temperatures and clear, sunny skies to Long Island.
High temperatures on Saturday will be close to normal, in the lower-to-mid 50s, across the Island, said Melissa Di Spigna, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Upton bureau. The normal high for Saturday at Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport is 55 degrees, she said.
“It should be pretty nice weather this weekend, and getting warmer into next week,” Di Spigna said.
Matt Hammer, a meteorologist with News 12 Long Island, said, “Overall, it’s going to be a pretty nice weekend.”
Saturday will be the “worst of it, if there’s going to be ‘a worst,’ ” Hammer said, because of winds from 10 to 20 mph with occasional stronger gusts.
“It’ll feel a bit cooler Saturday with the breeze, but there will be more sunshine than any clouds,” Hammer said.
Gusty winds from the west on Saturday will start to decrease over the course of the weekend, Di Spigna said. The temperature will drop to the 30s overnight over most of Long Island and near 40 toward New York City, she said.
Dry, clear weather is expected during the next several days, Di Spigna said.
Sunday will see temperatures in the 60s, a few degrees above normal, thanks to a southwesterly flow that will bring in warmer air, she said.
Temperatures will warm up even more starting Monday with a forecast of 64 degrees and sunny; Tuesday calls for 68 degrees.
“The mid-60s are more typical of mid-May for Long Island,” Hammer said of Tuesday’s unusually warm forecast.
On Wednesday, temperatures will dip into the lower 60s with a possible early rain shower, Hammer said. Thursday will see more seasonable highs in the 50s, with rain showers possibly back in the picture by Friday.