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Providence weather: Nice finish to holiday weekend

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Forecast discussion: With Arthur now bringing rain to Canada, a strong high pressure system brought bright sunshine and cooler temperatures to Rhode Island on Saturday. Thanks to the inclement weather on Friday, several towns and cities will have their fireworks show this evening. The weather will be great for it, as we have low humidity in the air at the moment.

We could use a few days of dry weather. Officially at T.F. Green Airport, Providence received a total of 2.68 inches of rainfall from yesterday’s weather. New Bedford, MA was hit worse, with eight inches of rain. This helped flood basements, as the water had nowhere to go in the ground or storm drains. Also, the waves are starting to calm down, but there is still the chance for some strong rip currents. Otherwise, we will see mostly sunny skies, but windy conditions.

The humidity will begin to increase once again on Sunday, as winds remain from the southwest. We will begin to see some afternoon clouds on Monday, with the chance for some showers and thunderstorms late Monday night. The precipitation will be due to a slow moving cold front. The front will not make its way into New England until late Wednesday night. However, the computer models do suggest the chance for some strong thunderstorms on Wednesday.

After the front moves offshore, a new high pressure system will bring cooler temperatures and lower humidity for the start of the next weekend. This would make for five straight weekends of sunny weather.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Clear skies with a low of 61.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and breezy with a high of 85. Winds will come from the southwest at 15-20 mph.
Sunday night: Clear skies and more humid with a low of 66. Winds will come from the southwest at 7-10 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny in the morning with increasing afternoon clouds. We will see a high of 85.
Monday night: Cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms by 2 a.m. with a low of 70.
Tuesday: Partly sunny skies with scattered showers/thunderstorms by the evening commute. We will see a high of 87.
Tuesday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms with a low of 71.

Extended Forecast:
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be strong. Highs 85-88, lows 68-71.
Thursday: Showers/thunderstorms end by 6 a.m. with mostly sunny skies. Highs 81-84, lows 64-67.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 80-83, lows 62-65.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 81-84, lows 63-66.

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