Forecast discussion: Despite high pressure over the western Great Lakes, some parts of Rhode Island saw more clouds than sun. This was due to a cold front that passed through early Thursday morning. The front stalled right off Cape Cod and Block Island. So, the southern part of the state did have more grey skies than Providence. The capital city had bright sunshine by the late afternoon.
As we move through the overnight, the cold front will slowly push south and east. So, the entire state will see partly cloudy skies late in the day. Temperatures will be slightly below normal for this time in July, as northeast winds begin to turn to the east-southeast in the afternoon. However, the winds are coming off the cooler ocean waters, resulting in the cooler temperatures.
As we head into the weekend, Saturday looks nice. Sunday will not be a bad day, but we will begin to see increasing clouds during the afternoon and evening. We may even see some scattered showers before sunset. This will be due to a large area of low pressure, which will bring northwest winds and the risk of some thunderstorms by Monday afternoon. The best chance for strong thunderstorms will be Tuesday night, as the front pushes through Southern New England.
We will see lingering showers and thunderstorms through the end of Wednesday morning. We will begin to see partial clearing during the afternoon, before skies become partly cloudy Wednesday evening. Mostly sunny skies are expected for next Thursday. Also, a strong upper level low center will be to the northwest of New England. This low will help bring some cooler air into the region by the middle of next week. Temperatures during the day may only reach the upper 70’s.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 64.
Friday: Mostly sunny inland, with partly sunny skies along the southern part of the state. We will see a high of 80 with east-southeast winds at 8-11 mph.
Friday night: Clear skies with a low of 60. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 3-6 mph.
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny with a high of 82.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 64.
Sunday: Increasing clouds through the day with scattered showers by 7 p.m. We will see a high of 82.
Sunday night: Overcast with scattered showers and a low of 68.
Monday: Showers/thunderstorms. Highs 82-85, lows 69-72.
Tuesday: Showers/thunderstorms, with possible strong thunderstorms Tuesday evening. Highs 83-86, lows 66-69.
Wednesday: Showers/thunderstorms end by late Wednesday morning. Partly sunny skies expected during the afternoon. Highs 79-82, lows 60-63.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 78-81, lows 61-64.