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Providence weather: Bright, sunny Wednesday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 7, 2014. Sunny skies are expected.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 7, 2014. Sunny skies are expected.

Forecast discussion: Once again, the day started off with brilliant sunshine in the morning in Providence on Tuesday. However, a weak disturbance passing through Southern New England helped bring partly sunny skies by the afternoon, along with spotty showers that lasted about 10 minutes.

High temperature forecast for May 7, 2014

As we head into tonight, high pressure will be coming down from eastern Canada and move over New England. This high will finally give us a day of bright sunshine, with little cloud cover. The high will continue to give us dry weather into early Thursday morning. By then, a warm front now spreading from Kansas to Kentucky will slowly move north towards the weekend. This front will give the chance for some scattered showers into Thursday afternoon.

As we head into Thursday night, the warm front will push into the region, and this will create another round of showers. This front will be slowly moving north, so we will see scattered showers, starting Friday afternoon. There will be a brief lull during Friday evening, as the cold front from the low begins to move through the region. We will see widespread showers on Saturday, before the front pushes offshore by early Sunday morning.

Mother’s Day looks to start off grey, but high pressure ridging will be building into the region throughout the rest of Sunday. So, I am expecting some limited sunshine by the early afternoon. The warmer air will remain over the region, as daytime highs this weekend will reach the upper 60’s to lower 70’s. A new cold front will bring another round of precipitation by Monday afternoon, with heavier rain during next Tuesday morning. The front will bring slightly cooler air, as daytime highs reaching the middle 60’s.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy skies after midnight with a low of 41.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny skies with a high of 67. Winds will turn to the south-southeast in the afternoon at 8-11 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (7:10 p.m. vs. Toledo): Partly cloudy, 60.
Wednesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 45. Winds will turn to the west-southwest at 3-6 mph.
Thursday: Cloudy with scattered showers possible from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and a high of 65.
Thursday night: Isolated showers with a low of 48.
Friday: Cloudy with scattered showers by the afternoon. We will see a high of 63.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 52.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday: Cloudy with widespread showers. Highs 69-72, lows 54-57.
Sunday: Showers end by 5 a.m. and becoming partly sunny. Highs 70-73, lows 51-54.
Monday: Partly sunny with showers/light rain by 4 p.m. Highs 68-71, lows 51-54.
Tuesday: Moderate rain during the morning, with precipitation ending mid-morning. Partly sunny skies expected by the mid-afternoon. Highs 64-67, lows 47-50.

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