Forecast discussion: We had a great summer day in Providence, although it could have felt a little better. Our high temperature did reach 90 degrees, and dewpoint temperatures were in the middle 60’s. This hot and humid weather will persist into most of this week, although there will be a little relief as we head into the following weekend.
At the moment, a weak cold front is pushing through Southern New England. Radar imagery showed Boston received a few thunderstorms, through Facebook reports. Lightning could be seen at Foxboro Stadium during the New England Revolution game. Also, a line of thunderstorms are passing through Springfield, MA. We could see these cells come into Rhode Island between 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Activity will move offshore, as high pressure takes over for Sunday.
The strong high will center itself off the Mid-Atlantic coastline. This will keep us under west-southwest winds, and allowing for dewpoint temperatures to remain high. Temperatures on Sunday will reach the lower 90’s inland, and the middle 80’s at the beaches. We will push the mercury into the lower to middle 90’s on Monday, with more clouds than sun on Tuesday. The heat and humidity may create a few pop-up thunderstorms on Tuesday.
A weak disturbance may create a few afternoon showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon. Otherwise, we will see more clouds than sun. A warm front to our north will help create a few showers Wednesday night, but we will return to partly sunny skies for Thursday. The upper level ridge that will give us the hot temperatures breaks down by the middle of the week. This will help lower our temperatures at the surface, along with a cold front which will bring rainfall on Friday. By Saturday morning, skies will slowly clear, but we will only reach the lower 80’s for high temperatures.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Passing showers and isolated thunderstorms until 3 a.m. Skies will slowly clear towards sunrise. Patchy fog is possible, especially along the south coast. We will see a low of 69.
Sunday: Mostly sunny skies, hot, and humid with a high of 89. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 8-11 mph.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 69. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 4-7 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny, hot, and humid. We will see a high of 91.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 70.
Tuesday: Partly sunny with showers/thunderstorms possible after 3 p.m. We will see a high of 90.
Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers and a low of 69.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with possible afternoon showers/thunderstorms. Highs 87-90, lows 66-69.
Thursday: Showers end at midnight, with partly sunny skies. Highs 84-87, lows 66-69.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers/thunderstorms by 11 a.m. Highs 83-86, lows 65-68.
Saturday: Showers/rain ends by 9 a.m. with partly sunny skies. Highs 81-84, lows 64-67.