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Providence weather: Early showers, then sunshine on Wednesday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 23, 2014. Partly sunny skies and windy conditions are expected.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 23, 2014. Partly sunny skies and windy conditions are expected.

Forecast discussion: A high pressure ridge is beginning to weaken across the east coast, as it brought sunny skies and very warm temperatures on Tuesday. According to T.F. Green Airport, we received a high of 70 degrees. However, over the next few days, temperatures will be slightly below normal.

High temperature forecast for April 23, 2014

The ridge is weakening because a cold front is moving towards Providence. Radar imagery shows showers in western Massachusetts and Connecticut. They should arrive by 8 p.m. and we will have an opportunity to see up to a half-inch of rain. Some people may even hear a rumble of thunder. But, the precipitation will come to an end by the end of the morning commute on Wednesday. Cooler, drier air will arrive behind the front, and with the high building in, winds will be quite strong.

The windy conditions will continue into Thursday, and the constant northwest winds will keep temperatures in the lower 60’s. By Friday night, a new cold front will bring increasing clouds and some isolated showers. The front will stall just offshore of New England, so there will be off and on shower activity on Saturday. So, do not cancel any outdoor activities, because right now the shower activity looks widely isolated.

By early Sunday morning, the main low will push off into Nova Scotia, allowing a new high pressure ridge to build over New England. The high will give us mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will be slowly rising into the lower 60’s as we reach next Tuesday.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Cloudy skies with light rain and a possible thunderstorm. We will see a low of 47.
Wednesday: Showers end by 7 a.m. and becoming windy. We will see partly sunny skies by the early afternoon. We will see a high of 59 with northwest winds of 16-19 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (6:15 p.m. vs. Rochester): Partly cloudy, 57.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy and windy with a low of 39. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 15-18 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny but windy with a high of 61.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 39.
Friday: Partly sunny by the mid-afternoon with a high of 62.
Friday night: Cloudy with possible showers by 9 p.m. and a low of 46.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday: Partly sunny with isolated showers through the day, but not a washout. Highs 61-64, lows 43-46.
Sunday: Showers end by the early morning, with partly sunny skies. Highs 56-59, lows 41-44.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 57-60, lows 39-42.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 59-62, lows 41-44.

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