Except for a possible shower late Thursday night, the rain will abandon Long Island to make way for a dry and mild Friday and a somewhat seasonably warm weekend, local forecasters say — at least for the front end of it, as showers are expected Father's Day.
"The first half of the weekend will be dry but the second half becomes unsettled as a cold front approaches on Sunday," said Joe Pollina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton.
But, he added, the temperatures should hover in the 70s and even reach the low 80s on both days after Friday's cooler temperatures.
Friday’s high of about 74 counts as below normal for late spring. The weather service said the day will be mostly sunny and feature west winds ranging from 14 to 16 mph.
Nighttime will be mostly clear, with a low around 59 degrees and west winds of between 7 and 10 mph.
Saturday will favor beachgoers. Predictions are for a sunny day, with warmer highs near 80 and southwest winds from 7 to 16 mph.
Saturday night should be mostly cloudy, with a low of around 65 and southwest winds of 11 to 16 mph.
For Father's Day, however, the temperature might be the same, but clouds that formed the night before raise the odds of daytime rain to between 40 and 50 percent, the weather service said.
"It won't be a total washout, but there will be some showers," Polina said, adding that the evening poses a 50 percent chance of showers.
Next week might start out with showers, too, but they should clear off by Wednesday, forecasters said.