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Providence weather: An unsettled week ahead

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 12, 2014. Partly sunny skies are expected at this time.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 12, 2014. Partly sunny skies are expected at this time.

Forecast discussion: A strong high pressure system over the Mid-Atlantic gave moms over Southern New England incredible weather on Sunday. Temperatures reached 80 degrees in Providence, under brilliant sunshine. We will see a little bit of this weather on Monday, but you may want to bottle it for a future time. The weather becomes more unsettled for the rest of the week.

High temperature forecast for May 12, 2014

The high will move off to the south, as a cold front coming down from Quebec, Canada brings much cooler air. We will still see temperatures in the lower 80’s for high temperatures on Monday, because the front will push through Rhode Island Monday night. As we head into Tuesday, a weak high pressure ridge will come down from Canada and remain over New England. The ridge will keep showers away from the state until early Wednesday morning.

As we move into Wednesday evening, a strong cold front forming in the north central U.S. will begin to trek towards the east. This front will help create scattered showers for Thursday. According to the American model, a low pressure center will form over the Delmarva Peninsula Thursday night, and move into the Mid-Atlantic for Friday. This low will help bring moisture from the Atlantic, and the front will extend south into the Gulf of Mexico. Getting two significant bodies of water to feed the low, we will have the opportunity to see heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms into Saturday morning.

The low will slowly be pushed out to sea, and precipitation will taper off to showers by Saturday afternoon. Eventually, the rainfall will end by early Saturday evening. A weak ridge of high pressure will give us limited sunshine for next Sunday, with the chance for more showers by the evening. Temperatures will rebound after Tuesday’s below seasonable conditions. But, temperatures will fall to the lower 60’s for high temperatures by next Sunday.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 54.
Monday: Mostly sunny in the morning with increasing clouds in the afternoon. We will have a high of 81 with south-southwest winds of 12-15 mph.
Monday night: Cloudy with isolated showers after midnight. We will see a low of 55 with winds shifting to the north-northeast at 4-7 mph.
Tuesday: Partly sunny and cooler with a high of 61.
Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers by 4 a.m. and a low of 47.
Wednesday: Overcast with scattered showers by the morning commute. We will see a high of 63.
Wednesday night: Scattered showers with a low of 54.

Extended Forecast:
Thursday: Scattered showers. Highs 68-71, lows 57-60.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with moderate to heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms. Highs 67-70, lows 54-57.
Saturday: Heavy rain and thunderstorms in the morning, tapering to showers in the afternoon, before ending in the early evening. Highs 67-70, lows 50-53.
Sunday: Partly sunny with evening showers. Highs 62-65, lows 52-55.

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