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Providence weather: Limited sunshine but warm

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 13, 2014.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 13, 2014.

Forecast discussion: After a few isolated showers early Saturday morning, high pressure offshore helped bring bright sunshine to Rhode Island. Temperatures reached 70 degrees at T.F. Green Airport by the late afternoon. We will see a few clouds during the overnight, so lows will slowly fall into the middle 40’s. A cold front over Northern New England at the moment will bring more clouds into the area on Sunday, giving us only partly sunny skies. But, thanks to a south-southwest wind, temperatures will increase slightly, reaching the upper 60’s right again. If you will be near the south coast, temperatures will be in the lower 60’s, as winds come off the colder ocean.

High temperature forecast for April 13, 2014

The cold front will pass through our area tomorrow night, bringing us mostly cloudy skies. It will remain breezy, and with the cloud cover, temperatures will actually be quite warm, as they only fall into the lower 50’s. We will once again see limited sunshine on Monday, with temperatures reaching 70 degrees in some areas.

The mild weather will come to an end by Monday night. A strong frontal boundary over the Central U.S. will slowly move east, and reach New England by Monday evening. We will see showers at first, but the slow moving front will eventually bring some heavier rainfall by the afternoon. At this time, an inch of rainfall is very possible. Also, behind the cold front will be some very cold air for the middle of April. So, after the front moves offshore, high pressure will bring sunny skies into the weekend. However, temperatures during the day will feel more like this weekend’s low temperatures. We will see a slight warming trend into next weekend, with the chance of some showers ahead of a cold front which would arrive by Saturday afternoon.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 45.
Sunday: Partly sunny and windy with a high of 67. Winds will come from the south at 13-17 mph.
Sunday night: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a low of 52. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 10-13 mph. Patchy fog is possible.
Monday: Partly sunny and breezy with a high of 69.
Monday night: Cloudy skies with showers developing after midnight and a low of 54. Patchy fog will develop after 1 a.m.
Tuesday: Heavy showers in the morning will become moderate to heavy rain by the afternoon. We will see a high of 62.
Tuesday night: Rain tapers to showers by 11 p.m. and ends a few hours before dawn. Partly cloudy skies expected towards dawn. It will be colder with the low falling to 38.

Extended Forecast:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cooler. Highs 46-49, lows 33-36.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 49-52, lows 34-37.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 53-56, lows 37-40.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with possible showers by the afternoon. Highs 55-58, lows 40-43.

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