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LI still in moderate drought after normal June rainfall, only slight chance of rain over holiday weekend

A man tries to keep dry on Waverly

A man tries to keep dry on Waverly Avenue in Patchogue on Monday, June 1, 2015. Credit: James Carbone

Although total rainfall for June was just about normal, it wasn't enough to move Long Island out of the U.S. Drought Monitor's moderate-drought category. The Monitor releases its updates on Thursday mornings, which are based on conditions as of Tuesday mornings.

June recorded 4.05 inches of rain at Long Island MacArthur Airport, according to the National Weather Service. That's just 0.22 inches below the norm.

Compare that, though, to May's record-low precipitation figure of 0.42 inches, which was 3.36 inches below the month's norm.

As for temperature, June was close to target with a mean of 68.2 degrees, just 0.2 degrees below the norm, the weather service said.

The average high temperature for the month -- 75.7 -- was 0.9 degrees below the monthly norm.

As of day's end Tuesday, the airport saw the longest stretch of no-90-degree days -- 710 -- in the 31 years of the weather service's official record-keeping.

And temperatures aren't expected to top 90 in the near future, including for the long weekend starting Friday, when News 12 Long Island meteorologists are calling for mostly sunny skies with highs reaching 75 to 80.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a slight chance of rain -- 20 percent -- for Saturday, but otherwise expects mostly cloudy skies with cooler temperatures in the high 70s.

Sunday appears to be the weekend's winner, with mostly sunny skies and highs of 80 to 85, but in the 70s at area beaches, according to News 12.

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