Forecast discussion: Throughout the day, Providence had the chance to see some showers, periods of rain, and isolated strong thunderstorms. During mid-morning, we did receive some heavy rain for about 15 minutes. Otherwise, we had partly cloudy skies and humid conditions by the early afternoon. However, the same could not be said in Revere, MA. Revere is just north of Boston. The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down around 9:45 a.m. and created damage to homes and cars, as well as flooded some streets. It has been confirmed recently that the tornado was an EF-2 tornado with wind speeds of up to 120 mph. You can read more about the story by clicking here.
We still had a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for northern Rhode Island until 8 p.m. Monday. However, as we move through the overnight, the cold front will move out of Connecticut and offshore. High pressure ridging behind the front will bring less humid air and bright sunshine to Rhode Island right into Thursday.
As I have mentioned in previous forecasts, the American model keeps a low pressure center over eastern Canada on Thursday. It still appears some moisture may work its way down into New England. So, I have kept the chance for a widely isolated shower for Thursday night. Otherwise, we will remain dry right through Friday evening.
As we look towards the weekend, the computer models still disagree on when a weak cold front will bring precipitation into Southern New England. The European model feels we will see showers all day on Saturday, with isolated showers into Sunday afternoon. The American model has been more consistent, keeping showers away from us until Saturday evening. Since the American model has been slightly more consistent the last few days, I will continue to call for some showers Saturday night. The weak front would then move offshore by early Sunday morning, giving us a nice day to finish the weekend.
We would begin the new workweek with mostly sunny skies, as high pressure will bring dry weather into the eastern U.S. Also, the large upper level trough that has brought below normal temperatures for the last several days will begin to move north. This will allow for some tropical air from the south to move toward New England, helping to raise our temperatures into the lower to middle 80’s.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a passing shower or thunderstorm until midnight. Clearing skies after midnight expected. We will see a low of 63.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and less humid with a high of 80. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 7-10 mph.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 62. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 3-6 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 80.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 62.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a high of 80.
Thursday night: A widely isolated shower possible; otherwise, partly cloudy with a low of 64.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 79-82, lows 63-66.
Saturday: Partly sunny with possible showers by the early evening. Highs 76-79, lows 64-67.
Sunday: Showers end by the early morning, and becoming partly to mostly sunny. Highs 79-82, lows 62-65.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 82-85, lows 63-66.