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Long Island weather: Seasonably cold this week with rain coming Thursday

Monday will be dry and mostly sunny with highs in the middle 40s on much of the Island, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

It will be seasonably cold on Long Island, with temperatures dropping into the 30s and lingering in the 40s for much of the week, forecasters said. 

Monday will be dry and mostly sunny with highs in the middle 40s on much of the Island, said Joe Pollina, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Upton. 

Clear skies will continue into the middle of the week as high pressure builds, Pollina said.

Tuesday will be sunny but colder, with a high near 35 and a low close to 26 at night, with wind gusts again as high as 28 mph, forecasters said.

Wednesday will also be sunny but a little warmer with a high near 40 and a low near 34 at night.

Thursday will warm up, with temperatures in the upper 40s, as another storm system moves into the area, Pollina said. Expect increasing clouds throughout the day and rain in the afternoon and continuing into Friday, with temperatures in the lower- to middle-50s, he said. 

The rain is expected to continue into Friday night before clearing up for the weekend, with temperatures in the upper 40s Saturday and lower- to middle-40s Sunday, he said. 

The normal high for this time of year is 43 degrees, said Carlie Buccola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

While the rainfall for the month of December has been below normal — 1.32 inches compared with the average of 2.07 — “Overall it has been a very wet year,” Buccola said.

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