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Providence weather: Arthur leaves, sunshine returns

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Forecast discussion: After some showers early Friday morning, the Fourth of July became a very wet day. Despite the rain, the oldest Fourth of July parade in the nation went on as scheduled. The parade in Bristol, RI went on as planned, despite showers and periods of light to moderate rain.

Overall, T.F. Green Airport reported we have received just over 2.5 inches of rain since last night. The latest radar imagery shows the heaviest precipitation now over Boston, the Cape and Islands. Also, as Hurricane Arthur moves further into the Atlantic, tropical storm force wind gusts are possible for the Cape and Islands during the overnight. Heavier rain will also taper off as we move towards dawn. Despite the lesser rainfall, a Flash Flood Watch will remain in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday.

The biggest local story came from New Bedford, MA. Heavy rains flooded roads and streets so badly that a rare Flash Flood Emergency was made by the National Weather Service. The alert will be in effect until midnight. For more details on the story, click here.

High pressure will begin to build over New England Saturday morning, and we will feel less humidity in the air. Temperatures will reach the lower to middle 80’s during the day, and the lower to middle 60’s at night. We will see increasing clouds Monday night, as a slow moving cold front brings isolated showers and thunderstorms during Tuesday.

The front will push offshore by Wednesday morning, allowing for mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. By Wednesday night, a weak disturbance may bring a few isolated showers on Thursday morning. Otherwise, we will clear out and have mostly sunny skies to begin the following weekend. Temperatures will be slightly cooler, with highs in the lower 80’s.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Heavy rain and strong winds tapering to showers during the overnight. We will see a low of 61.
Saturday: All precipitation ending by 9 a.m., with mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. It will be warm but less humid with a high of 82. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 13-17 mph.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 61. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 4-7 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of 83.
Sunday night: Clear skies with a low of 67.
Monday: Mostly sunny with a high of 85.
Monday night: Partly to mostly cloudy and becoming humid with a low of 71.

Extended Forecast:
Tuesday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms by dawn, otherwise partly sunny. Highs 84-87, lows 66-69.
Wednesday: Showers/thunderstorms end by 9 a.m., with mostly sunny skies. Highs 82-85, lows 65-68.
Thursday: Isolated showers during the early morning, with mostly sunny skies. Highs 81-84, lows 63-66.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 80-83, lows 60-63.