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Providence weather: Drier weather for Friday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 2, 2014. A passing shower is possible.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 2, 2014. A passing shower is possible.

Forecast discussion: After receiving a little over two inches of rainfall, Providence will see some drier weather as we head into the weekend. But, the low pressure system that brought weather havoc to much of the eastern U.S. will eventually bring some showers over our region before the end of the weekend.

High temperature forecast for May 2, 2014

Right now, a cold front will be passing past Rhode Island in the next hour. The front may help trigger a passing shower in the next few hours, before skies begin to clear. Along the south coast, there may be some dense fog, as winds turn to the southwest, and bring cooler air over the warmer land. Despite the dry period, a Flood Warning is in effect for the Pawcatuck River, which will reach minor flood stage Thursday morning.

We will see partly to mostly sunny skies for Friday, and temperatures will remain slightly above normal. With any passing sunshine, a weak disturbance to our west may help trigger a passing shower. By Saturday, the low pressure center that helped create all the severe weather will pass off to our north. We will see the chance for some isolated showers by Saturday afternoon. However, I would not call Saturday a washout. The best chance for afternoon showers will be Sunday. A cold front will pass through New England, creating showers and possible thunderstorms during the late afternoon. Some thunderstorms may have small hail or even ice pellets.

By the time we start the workweek, a strong high pressure system will control our weather pattern into the middle of the week. Daytime high temperatures will be slightly below normal for early May. The next chance for any significant rainfall will be next Thursday. A warm front from a low pressure system over the central U.S. will move just south of Southern New England. Temperatures will be slightly higher, but my confidence is low, as the warm front may not make it into the region. The front will bring a precipitation shield enough to the north to see showers for most, if not all, of the day.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Cloudy with dense fog along the south coast. Skies will begin to clear at dawn. We will see a low of 50.
Friday: Partly to mostly sunny skies with a high of 67. Winds will be increasing from the west-southwest to 14-17 mph in the afternoon.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (7:05 p.m. vs. Indianapolis): Mostly cloudy, 61.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 47. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 5-8 mph.
Saturday: Partly sunny with isolated showers by 3 p.m. We will see a high of 65.
Saturday night: Cloudy with isolated showers with a low of 48.
Sunday: Partly sunny with showers and possible thunderstorms developing by 3 p.m. We will see a high of 61.
Sunday night: Light rain with isolated thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce lightning and some small hail until 5 a.m. We will have a low of 45.

Extended Forecast:
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 58-61, lows 42-45.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 59-62, lows 42-45.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 61-64, lows 44-47.
Thursday: Cloudy with showers. Highs 65-68, lows 47-50.

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