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Providence weather: Cloudy, humid weather on horizon

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Forecast discussion: For the fifth straight day, a high pressure system brought gorgeous weather to Providence and the rest of Rhode Island. It was just a magnificent day to be at the beach, or at the golf course, as some professional players were in the state for a charity function the last few days. Unfortunately, like that famous saying, all good things must come to an end.

We will begin to feel the comfortable air become more humid over the next couple of days, thanks in part to southwest winds and a warm front moving up from southern New York. We will see mostly cloudy skies by this evening, and into tomorrow. We may see peeks of sunshine during the afternoon. Overall, it will feel more humid, with a warm southwest breeze. The precipitation should arrive by midnight, as the cold front behind the warm front pushes through the region.

This cold front will be slow moving, so we will keep with very humid air and grey skies into Thursday. Looking at the computer models, the most rainfall will occur on Thursday, as the front stalls right over the area. Tomorrow night will be muggy and quite uncomfortable to sleep, even with a fan. We may see some strong thunderstorms, along with local heavy periods of rain. So, please take precaution while driving, as the heavy rain may hinder visibility. Also, there is a small chance for some local street flooding.
The cold front will begin to pull out of the area by early Friday morning. We will see clearing skies during the morning commute, with mostly sunny skies by the late morning. Once again, a high pressure system will remain over New England for the weekend.

Also, the models are showing in the upper levels a ridge beginning to move over New England by early next week. This will help increase our temperatures, with the chance of seeing the middle 80’s Monday and Tuesday. This will help increase the beach crowd, as some children still making up school this week will be done for the summer.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies and more humid with a low of 64.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy skies with a high of 83 and south-southwest winds at 12-15 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (7:05 p.m. vs. Norfolk): Cloudy, 69.
Wednesday night: Scattered showers/thunderstorms and patchy fog with a low of 67. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 7-10 mph.
Thursday: Showers, isolated thunderstorms, and local heavy rain at times. We will see a high of 79.
Thursday night: Showers end by midnight with mostly cloudy skies. We will have a low of 64.
Friday: Partly sunny with a high of 77.
Friday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 60.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs 79-82, lows 60-63.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 80-83, lows 61-64.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 82-85, lows 63-66.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 82-85, lows 64-67.

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