Forecast discussion: Well, sunshine in the morning hours have given way to mostly cloudy skies in Providence. We are awaiting a cold front passing into eastern New York at the moment. A strong line of thunderstorms are moving towards Hartford, CT as of writing this article. This activity will arrive over Rhode Island within the hour.
So, some areas may see periods of heavy rain, with some areas seeing thunderstorms. These thunderstorms may be strong enough to create small hail, lightning, and gusty winds. The thunderstorms will dissipate as we lose the daytime heating from the sun. Precipitation will continue into the early part of the morning commute, so please take precaution for some poor drainage on roads and highways.
By mid-morning on Friday, we will have sunshine return to us, as a strong high pressure system brings a ridge over New England. This ridge will bring less humidity as well, so it will feel a little more comfortable to be outside. However, temperatures are not going down at all, as we have a chance to reach 90 degrees in the capital city. This nice weather persists into early Saturday night.
A weak disturbance will pass through New England Saturday night, and it may help trigger a passing shower or thunderstorm. The American model has been quite consistent with this scenario, although the European model keeps flip-flopping. Due to the consistency of the American model, I will keep the chance for precipitation in the forecast. Any precipitation would end by early Sunday morning, with mostly sunny skies by the late morning.
Another quick disturbance leaves us with a small window of time for any more precipitation early Monday morning. We will return to partly sunny skies and very warm temperatures. A new low pressure system will bring some rainfall by early Tuesday morning, and persist until early Wednesday morning. By the end of next week, some cooler air coming down from Canada will help lower our temperatures slightly, making it feel slightly more comfortable to be outside.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Scattered showers and periods of rain expected. Thunderstorms will dissipate by 9 p.m. We will see a low of 69.
Friday: Isolated showers/thunderstorms until 7 a.m. with late morning sunshine. It will become less humid with a high of 89. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 10-13 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 68. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 3-6 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny through the late morning, with increasing clouds through the afternoon. It will be a little more humid with a high of 88.
Saturday night: Showers/thunderstorms possible after 7 p.m. with a low of 68.
Sunday: Overcast with scattered showers/thunderstorms until 5 a.m. Skies will become mostly sunny by 10 a.m. We will see a high of 88.
Sunday night: Overcast skies with rain/thunderstorms by 2 a.m. We will see a low of 70.
Monday: Isolated showers end by 7 a.m. with partly sunny skies. Highs 87-90, lows 69-72.
Tuesday: Showers/rain by 3 a.m. Highs 85-88, lows 66-69.
Wednesday: Rain ends by 4 a.m. with mostly sunny skies. Highs 83-86, lows 64-67.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 83-86, lows 64-67.