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Extended Sunshine for New York City, Northeast

Folks with outdoor plans and projects from Maine to New York and Virginia have an extended period of dry weather in store.

While stormy conditions target the Central states and parts of the South into the weekend, an atmospheric road block will favor abundant sunshine for many days in many areas of the New England and the mid-Atlantic.

Garden and home improvement centers will likely do a brisk business into the weekend.

The pattern will favor painting, paving and other construction projects.

The weather through Sunday may be an indicator of what to expect most days for the rest of the spring into the first part of the summer.

According to Paul Pastelok, head of the AccuWeather.com Long Range forecast team, "We are expecting drier-than-average conditions to expand from upstate New York and northern New England southward a bit going into the first part of the summer.

The pattern will feature a bumper crop of sunny days.

However, just south and west of this area may be a highway for showers and thunderstorms from the Upper Midwest to the Ohio Valley and South, brushing part of the mid-Atlantic.

AccuWeather.com has released its Summer 2013 Forecast.

According to Agricultural Weather Expert Dale Mohler, "Despite the sunshine and low humidity for most areas, the lawns will continue to grow and stay green for a time."

This time of the year, there is usually sufficient moisture in the ground and the nights are cool enough to sustain the lawns for at time.

"However, as the dryness continues, typically daytime temperatures trend upward, which accelerates the drying of the ground, but we still see enough rainfall on occasion to keep most lawns green into June," Mohler said.

Mohler added that while the pattern will be great for planting, folks should be careful to not jump the gun over the interior locations, where there is still the risk of frost the next few weeks.