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Providence weather: Heavy rain Thursday morning

The precipitation forecast for Southern New England at 11 a.m. on June 5, 2014
The precipitation forecast for Southern New England at 11 a.m. on June 5, 2014

Forecast discussion: Heavy rain was around northern Rhode Island earlier Wednesday morning, before we saw spot showers for the rest of the morning. As we move into this evening, a cold front will be passing through the region. By early Thursday morning, a low pressure center following along the boundary will pass into the Mid-Atlantic. This system will bring periods of heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms through the morning commute and early afternoon. We will see precipitation taper to showers by the late afternoon, as the low moves offshore.

According to the latest computer models, a high pressure system over the northern Great Lakes will slowly bring drier air into the region for the weekend. There is still the chance for a spot shower on Friday, but overall we will see more clouds than sun. Temperatures will slowly rise into the middle 70’s on Friday, with warmer air arriving on Saturday. There is a very slight chance for an afternoon thunderstorm on Saturday, but the odds are slim to none. Temperatures will reach 80 degrees on Saturday.

The weekend will continue to be fantastic, as we will keep mostly sunny skies and temperatures reaching the lower 80’s on Sunday. As we head into early next week, a cold front will slowly work its way towards Southern New England. At this time, it appears the high will keep the system away from us until the end of Monday night. We will see a few showers ahead of the system, with heavier precipitation early Tuesday morning. The precipitation will linger into Tuesday night, before the front moves offshore. Temperatures will cool off slightly, with daytime highs reaching the lower 70’s.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Cloudy with heavier rainfall and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Some heavier rainfall may create isolated street flooding. We will see a low of 59.
Thursday: Periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms until the early afternoon. We will see precipitation taper off to isolated showers. We will see a high of 69 with east-northeast winds at 4-7 mph.
Thursday night: Showers end by 10 p.m. and a low of 56. Winds will shift to the northwest at 5-8 mph.
Friday: Partly sunny with a high of 75.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 57.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with a possible thunderstorm in the afternoon. We will see a high of 80.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 59.

Extended Forecast:
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 80-83, lows 59-62.
Monday: Partly sunny with possible showers before midnight. Highs 77-80, lows 58-61.
Tuesday: Rain/isolated thunderstorms by 1 a.m. but ending by 7 p.m. Highs 74-77, lows 56-59.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs 72-75, lows 55-58.

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