Saturday morning’s rain showers will clear out by midday, leaving Long Islanders with dry, seasonable and sunny weather for the rest of the weekend, forecasters said.
About a quarter-inch of rain had fallen across most parts of western and central Long Island by around 7 a.m., said Tim Morrin, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Upton bureau. Heavier patches may have dumped up to a third of an inch in some areas, Morrin said.
The band of showers, including some thunderstorms, was expected to move off the East End and into the Atlantic Ocean by around 11 a.m., Morrin said.
“We’ll have increasing sunshine as we go through the afternoon, but it will still be pretty cloudy until the latter portions of the day,” Morrin said.
Matt Hammer, a meteorologist with News 12 Long Island, said despite “a little bit of a stormy start to the weekend,” once the rain clears out, “we’ll see a pretty decent rest of the weekend.”
Sunshine should start to peek out Islandwide in the mid-to-late afternoon Saturday, Hammer said.
Saturday night’s weather will start to feel “refreshing” with low humidity, Hammer said. “Open the windows if you can and let all that fresh air on in,” he said.
Temperatures will peak on Saturday at around 80-82 degrees, which is the average for this time of year, Morrin said. Overnight lows will dip down to about 60-62 degrees, also normal for this time of year.
Sunday’s weather forecast “looks really nice,” Morrin said, with mostly clear conditions.
“We’re looking at straight sunshine with a high around 80 degrees,” Morrin said. A “nice” northwest breeze at about 10-15 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph, will blow throughout the “comfortable, dry, less humid” day.
“It’ll be a great day Sunday,” Hammer said of the weather.
There will be some rainy periods on Monday along with a few thunderstorms, Hammer said, but then it will be “smooth sailing the rest of the week,” with mostly sunny conditions and highs around 80 degrees each day.