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Providence weather: A nice Easter Sunday

The weather map for Easter Sunday, 2014 for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT. Sunny skies and cooler temperatures are expected.
The weather map for Easter Sunday, 2014 for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT. Sunny skies and cooler temperatures are expected.

Forecast discussion: A strong high pressure system over eastern Canada brought a ridge over New England on Saturday. It helped bring bright sunshine, and temperatures warmed into the middle 60’s. So, it was perfect weather to watch or play in a baseball game. The holiday weekend looks delightful, although it will be cooler.

High temperature forecast for Easter Sunday, 2014

The reason temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler on Easter is due to the winds. The winds will be turning to the east-southeast. Therefore, the winds will be coming off the cooler ocean temperatures. But, don’t change any outdoor plans. The Easter egg hunt or family barbecue can go on as scheduled. You may just need a warmer coat.

We will continue to have nice weather going into Monday. In case you may be heading to Boston for the marathon, or even competing in it, temperatures will return to the lower 60’s by the afternoon. It will be cool as the runners get started, as temperatures will be in the middle 40’s. Tuesday will be more in the ways of limited sunshine, as a low pressure system comes from the central U.S. We will see some rain developing before midnight, but will end by the middle of Wednesday morning. Temperatures will be slightly cooler, with highs in the upper 50’s.

We will enter the end of the week with bright sunshine, thanks to a high pressure ridge that will stay right over New England. We will see some increasing clouds by Friday evening, as a weak cold front moves towards the east coast. We may see just a passing shower in the morning, before the front begins to move through the area. This will increase the chance for some scattered showers by next Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will remain seasonable through the extended period.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 38.
Easter Sunday: Sunny and cooler with a high of 56. Winds will turn to the east-southeast at 8-11 mph.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 36. Winds will come from the southeast at 2-5 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny with a high of 64.
Monday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 44.
Tuesday: Partly sunny with a high of 65.
Tuesday night: Rain developing by 11 p.m. and a low of 48.

Extended Forecast:
Wednesday: Showers ending by 8 a.m. and becoming breezy with mostly sunny skies by the late afternoon. Highs 57-60, lows 40-43.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and breezy. Highs 59-62, lows 40-43.
Friday: Mostly sunny during the day, with increasing clouds in the evening. Highs 62-65, lows 44-47.
Saturday: Cloudy with the chance of a passing shower in the morning, with scattered showers by the afternoon. Highs 62-65, lows 45-48.

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