By Patrick Wall and Tom Liddy
MANHATTAN — Labor Day revelers, enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.
Manhattanites hit the streets and the parks Saturday to kick off the holiday weekend, which forecasters predict will become increasingly gloomy.
According to the National Weather Service, there will be a slight chance of thunderstorms on Saturday with a high of 83 expected.
Sunday, possibly the best beach day, is set to be even warmer, with a high of 86, and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
But by Monday, skies are predicted to be mostly cloudy, with a high of 82. Rain and possibly thunderstorms are expected Monday night with showers likely on Tuesday.
In Tompkins Square Park, James Jorio hit the courts to get in a little early morning tennis while the sun was out.
"It's gorgeous," he said.
Keith McDermott, an exercise enthusiast for the past two decades, practiced handstands in the park as part of his "exploratory gymnastics" routine.
"I love the city on holiday weekends because it's so sparse," he said. "The only thing I do differently is not wear my helmet when I ride my bike. It's superb weather."
Kate and Colin, an East Village couple who did not want to give their last names, were walking their friend's dog Noodle in the park.
After being stuck outside city last weekend because of Hurricane Irene, they plan to just "hang out," Colin said, running or going on a long bike ride over the weekend.
"I love it," said Eldora, 96, who was sitting on a bench in Tompkins Square Park with her pal Madeline.
"It's beautiful. This type of weather is for me — not the hot stuff."