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Improving weather for the holiday weekend

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The unofficial start to summer kicks off this weekend, and so far the weather looks half good and half bad. While there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms for Long Island early on, it ends on a summer-like note on Monday with warmer temperatures and dry conditions.

Getaway Day starts off cloudy with areas of fog. Some places could see a shower, but atmospheric action has been near zero across the tri-state area around sunsrise. A little sun may churn things up a bit, and some late day thunderstorms may pop-up. Thursday was the worst day in terms of higher precip chances, and Friday's Getaway features a somewhat lesser chance. That also depends on one's destination. Long Island itself may not see much in the way of showers and thunderstorms, but coverage may increase as you head north and west of NYC. Highs on Friday reach the 60s, and some spots hit 70.

On Saturday, things do get better, but there's still a risk of a storm. The day starts out with clouds and fog, maybe some drizzle and a shower too. For the most part, some sun breaks through and once again this may touch off a shower or thunderstorm late in the day. Coverage is less than what's expected on Friday, so there's improvement. Highs approach 70, with some cooler readings for the south shore and out east.

On Sunday, look for a mix of sun and clouds, with some drizzle and fog in the morning. There's a lingering chance of a shower, but it's slight enough to get a passing mention. Sunday is the start of a good stretch of weather, and the warmer temps will make it all better. Highs will be in the 70s: upper 70s north shore, low 70s south shore, near 70 East End.

With any storm chances, they exist but there's no washout expected. Nothing in the forecast screams, "cancel your BBQ." Enjoy, but watch the sky.

For Memorial Day, any mention of precipitation wouldn't dare touch this day. It's the pick of the weekend for Long Islanders. Mostly sunny skies, and highs in some spots hit 80 degrees!

Once the holiday is through, temperatures gradually cool off to near seasonable and there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms centered around Tuesday night.



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