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Providence weather: Grey and cold for Wednesday

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Forecast discussion: Well, you probably felt the difference in temperature once you left work this evening. After seeing temperatures reach 83 degrees for a high in the early afternoon, a back door cold front passed Boston and into Providence. The result was our temperatures falling 26 degrees in 6 hours. East winds off the cooler ocean did not help matters, either.

For this evening, we will see scattered showers through the state, as some activity comes from New York into western Massachusetts. The frontal boundary will remain near the region into Wednesday. Scattered showers will end by tomorrow afternoon, as high pressure ridging entering northern Maine will dry our skies into tomorrow evening. But, it will also keep cooler air over us into the end of the week. Our high temperatures will remain about 10 degrees cooler than our average for this time of the year.

By Friday, a new cold front will make its way into Southern New England. We will see the first rain drops from this system in the late afternoon on Friday. The shower activity will remain widely scattered throughout Saturday. As we head into early next week, a strong high pressure system will bring drier air over New England. Also, winds will turn back to the south and southwest, and an upper level ridge will move over the Northeast U.S.by this time period. The two weather features will allow warmer air to return, getting out temperatures back to seasonable conditions.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Cloudy skies with scattered showers with patchy fog developing by 3 a.m. It will be cooler with a low of 51.
Wednesday: Showers end by 2 p.m. with partial sunshine before sunset. We will only see a high of 57. Winds will come from the northeast at 11-15 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (7:05 p.m. vs. Gwinnett): Mostly cloudy, 54.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy and cooler with a low of 46. Winds will come from the north-northeast at 7-10 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and warmer with a high of 66.
Thursday night: Increasing clouds with a low of 49.
Friday: Overcast skies with scattered showers by the late afternoon. We will have a high of 67.
Friday night: Showers and light rain with a low of 53.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday: Scattered showers ending by 10 p.m. Highs 64-67, lows 49-52.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 69-72, lows 52-55.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 74-77, lows 56-59.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 71-74, lows 55-58.

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