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Potential for rain on LI over next 3 days

Rainy weather of the hit-and-miss variety is in the forecast for the next three days, the National Weather Service said Monday.

Two systems with clusters of showers and storms are set to enter the Northeast, starting Monday, the Upton-based service said.

These systems will ride a ridge of high pressure that is resting across the central states and then slide down into Long Island, metropolitan New York and across parts of New England.

The first system will be weak and create some scattered showers and thunderstorms starting early Monday afternoon, said Ashley Sears, a meteorologist with the service.

As that system moves out of the area -- by Tuesday morning -- a second system from the northwest moves in with most likely a "bigger rain event," she said.

The overall result is scattered showers and possible thunderstorms, from Monday night through Wednesday.

"The second system is stronger, and we'll probably seen the heavier precipitation with that," Sears said.

Temperatures through Wednesday will be daytime highs in the low to mid 80s and nighttime lows in the high 60s and low 70s, the service said.

The two systems also will bring high humidity, the service said.

Sears said the good news is that by Thursday afternoon the rain gives way to clear, sunny skies and a warm Labor Day weekend.

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