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Providence weather: A little sunshine on Saturday

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Forecast discussion: After several days of weather playing havoc all over the eastern and southern U.S., we in Providence will see a rather tranquil weekend. Sadly, Saturday looks to be the best day of the weekend. On Sunday, we may have to worry about some strong thunderstorms.

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Right now, a weak disturbance is passing through Southern New England. This disturbance helped trigger some showers over northern Rhode Island earlier Friday morning. Otherwise, it was a mixture of sun and clouds, as the cold front passed through late last night. We will see more clouds than sun on Saturday, and there is the small risk for a passing shower. But, temperatures will be quite mild, with highs reaching 70 degrees in some isolated spots.

As we head into Sunday, the low pressure center that created all the havoc will make a return to Southern New England. The low will pick up moisture from the Great Lakes, and pick up some colder air as it works its way eastward. We should see the first raindrops by the middle of the afternoon. Also, there is the chance for isolated thunderstorms, and these thunderstorms could have lightning and small hail. The activity will continue into early Monday morning, before skies begin to clear.

High pressure will control our weather from Monday into early Thursday morning. Temperatures will be slightly below normal, but they will still be close to seasonable. The next chance at seeing some rainfall will be Friday. A low pressure system is expected to bring a warm front through the region, creating showers and possible thunderstorms. Temperatures will slowly increase as we head into the end of next week.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 47.
Saturday: Partly sunny with isolated showers by 2 p.m. We will see a high of 68 with south-southwest winds of 10-13 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (6:05 p.m. vs. Indianapolis): Partly sunny, 64.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a possible shower and thunderstorm with a low of 49. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 6-9 mph.
Sunday: Partly sunny with showers and possible thunderstorms developing by 3 p.m. We will see a high of 63. Some thunderstorms may have lightning and small hail.
Sunday night: Light rain with isolated thunderstorms. All precipitation will end by 4 a.m. We will have a low of 45.
Monday: Clearing with mostly sunny skies by the late morning. We will have a high of 60.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 44.

Extended Forecast:
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 59-62, lows 43-46.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 60-63, lows 43-46.
Thursday: Partly sunny with showers developing around 7 p.m. Highs 62-65, lows 47-50.
Friday: Cloudy with showers/light rain in the morning with afternoon thunderstorms. Highs 64-67, lows 48-51.

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