Forecast discussion: A weak ridge of high pressure off the Atlantic coastline is helping to provide us with mostly sunny skies. We finished this heat wave after four days of 90 degree temperatures. On Wednesday, our high temperature only reached the middle 80’s. We will be seeing the temperatures cool over the next few days, as we await an approaching cold front.
We will begin to see more clouds than stars tonight after midnight. The cloud deck from a low pressure system reaching northern Michigan will begin to take over the skies. We will see partial sunshine by the afternoon tomorrow, especially when patchy to dense fog burns off by the late morning or early afternoon. We should be receiving some showers, isolated periods of rain, and even isolated thunderstorms during Friday.
We will continue to have humid conditions through the weekend, with the risk for precipitation off and on through the weekend. The culprit of this crime is a weak area of low pressure, way off the coast of South Carolina. This low will slowly work north and west through the next several days. The low will stay off the Southern New England coastline, but southeast winds will help bring that moisture over the Ocean State. The low will not move off to the northeast until Sunday evening.
Once we enter next week, we will see drier weather, although there may be the risk for a shower or thunderstorm Monday afternoon. A cold front will pass through the area, helping to rid ourselves of any more precipitation. We will keep partly sunny skies on Tuesday, but should return to more sunshine by next Wednesday.
Finally, Tropical Storm Danny was centered at 11.2N 41.1W, or about 1385 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It has maximum wind speeds of 50 mph, and is moving west-northwest at 12 mph. The forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Danny strengthening, and becoming hurricane strength sometime early Friday morning. The system will weaken slightly by Sunday morning, as the tropical passes between Guadeloupe and Dominica. There is a chance it may pass parts of the Dominican Republic by Monday night or early Tuesday morning. It is still too early to see if Danny will make landfall with the U.S., but that may not occur until Wednesday at the earliest.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Partly cloudy until midnight, then increasing clouds. Patchy fog is expected to develop. We will see a low of 69.
Thursday: Partly sunny with a high of 83. Winds will come from the southeast and increase to 10-13 mph by the early afternoon.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 68. Winds will come from the east-southeast at 5-8 mph.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with the risk for showers, periods of rain, and thunderstorms after 6 a.m. We will see a high of 81.
Friday night: Scattered showers continue with a low of 69.
Saturday: Off and on showers through the day with a high of 80. We may see heavier periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms during the mid-afternoon to early evening.
Saturday night: Isolated to scattered showers possible. We will remain partly sunny with a low of 69.
Sunday: Isolated showers in the morning expected to end, and gives way to partly sunny skies by the mid-afternoon. Highs 79-82, lows 66-69.
Monday: Partly sunny with the risk for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Highs 80-83, lows 65-68.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 81-84, lows 63-66.
Wednesday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 80-83, lows 63-66.