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Providence weather: Morning shower or thunderstorm, then afternoon sunshine

Forecast discussion: High pressure well in the Atlantic Ocean continued to give us sunshine but humid conditions. Haze continued to stay along the coastline, especially along Newport Harbor. A cold front that has given Providence the risk of a passing shower or thunderstorm will move through during the overnight. The front will stall south of Cape Cod on Thursday, so the coast has the chance to see a passing shower through the day. Otherwise, we will see less humid conditions with partly to mostly sunny skies.

High pressure over the Midwest will control the weather pattern for the first half of the weekend. With cooler air coming down from the north and northwest, our temperatures will remain seasonable. Also, the swells in our seas should be coming down, thanks to the change in wind direction. We should see diminishing rip currents at our beaches.

The high will begin to move to our east Saturday evening, and provide us with some sunshine for Sunday. However, a new cold front will begin to move towards the east coast. We will see increasing clouds by the late afternoon, with the risk of a shower before early Monday morning. The threat of seeing some strong thunderstorms will not occur until Monday evening, as the cold front moves closer to Southern New England. We will see the chance for more showers and thunderstorms into late Tuesday. Mostly sunny skies are expected by next Wednesday, as a new high pressure system clears our skies. Thanks to an upper level trough along the eastern U.S., high temperatures will only be seasonable next week.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with patchy to dense fog along the south coast. Scattered showers and thunderstorms expected with a low of 69.
Thursday: Showers/thunderstorms end by 8 a.m. with partly to mostly sunny skies the rest of the day. We will see a high of 84 with variable wind directions at 7-10 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy and less humid with a low of 65. Winds will come from the north-northwest at 3-6 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny with a high of 82.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 62.
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny with a high of 83.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 64.

Extended Forecast:
Sunday: Partly sunny through the day, with mostly cloudy skies and a possible shower before midnight. Highs 81-84, lows 67-70.
Monday: Showers/thunderstorms. Highs 80-83, lows 68-71.
Tuesday: Showers/thunderstorms end by the late evening. Highs 80-83, lows 64-67.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 80-83, lows 60-63.