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Sweet Relief! Cooler air comes to the region

A woman beats the heat while floating in

A woman beats the heat while floating in the water at Teddy Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay Saturday afternoon. (July 19, 2013) Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

If you're ready for a break from the stifling heat, Mother Nature has brought some cooling air to the area overnight.

The dome of high pressure that had air conditioners working overtime this past week is being replaced with a few low-pressure systems that will make the days seem downright chilly in comparison, according to Lauren Nash, meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Upton bureau.

Sunday's highs will be in the mid-80s, but the lows will drop into the upper 60s and low 70s, she said.

Highs on Monday and Tuesday will be in the low 80s, "right at normal" for this time of year, Nash said.

Wednesday and Thursday will be just a degree or two above Tuesday, while Friday's temperatures will dip back down into the lower 80s, she said.

Lows throughout the week will be in the upper 60s and low 70s.

But you'd better have an umbrella handy, as an unsettled pattern will mark this week. There will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms all week, mainly in the afternoons and evenings, Nash said.

Tuesday will bring the highest chance of precipitation, with a 40 to 50 percent chance, while Friday is shaping up to be the driest day, with just a 15 to 20 percent chance, she said.

A mix of clouds and sun will characterize the skies this week, with clouds more often than not, she said.

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