Frank Oliva, of Bayport, catches a Brook trout in main...

Frank Oliva, of Bayport, catches a Brook trout in main pond at Connetquot River State Park Preserve in Oakdale Wednesday, saying "How could you not want to fish on a day like today?" Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

After Wednesday's sunshine, on and off rain is in the forecast for St. Patrick's Day and beyond, forecasters said.

It starts with some patchy drizzle overnight, along with a low of about 42 degrees, then rain is expected to fall Thursday afternoon for the Irish holiday. The high Thursday will be in the low 50s and there is a 20% chance of showers extending to Thursday night as well, the National Weather Service said.

Friday, sunshine returns with a high of 60 degrees or more, forecasters said, but Friday night the rain is back, along with a low just in the mid-40s, and Saturday there is a good chance for rain that last most of the day.

Sunday should be sunny, with highs in the low 50s.

Sunshine should continue through at least Tuesday, and temperatures will be in the low to mid-50s, the weather service said.

But then, the weather service said, "The next chance of precipitation is expected midweek with another frontal system."

With John Valenti

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