Forecast discussion: Providence had a repeat of the same weather today just like Tuesday. We began the day with bright sunshine, but by the afternoon, increasing clouds took over the skies. Over northern Rhode Island, showers and isolated thunderstorms worked their way through the area, with stronger thunderstorms forming over Taunton, MA by 4 p.m. By supper, the thunderstorms worked their way through the Cape. We will have one more day of this weather, before we will see drier conditions.
Despite a cold front passing through today, an upper level disturbance passing through eastern Canada will move south this evening. It will work its way through Southern New England on Thursday afternoon. So, there is still a chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm into the early evening hours. Once the disturbance passes to our southeast, the weekend looks absolutely gorgeous.
The humidity will begin to lower tomorrow, making it quite comfortable as we start the weekend. High pressure over the northern Great Lakes will slowly push down into the Mid-Atlantic for the weekend. It will begin to move out to sea by Monday night. Temperatures and the humidity will slowly climb by Sunday and Monday, as winds turn to the southwest. The next chance for any precipitation appears to be on late Wednesday. A weak cold front will bring the risk of some showers by the evening.
To be honest, our weather pattern is rather quiet. The only major weather topic right now is rip currents. We will still see moderate rip currents for Thursday as seas and swells from Tropical Storm Bertha continue to reach south facing beaches. If you are heading to southern Rhode Island, or making a trip to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, please be aware of this. Moderate rip currents can be expected.
Finally, Hawaii has always been a popular destination. However, over the next several days, it is not where you want to be right now. Two tropical systems are heading towards the islands, and both will hit within a two to three day period. This has not happened for the 50th state since 1982, when two tropical systems hit the island within a ten day span. For more on the story, click here.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy after showers/thunderstorms dissipate by 10 p.m. We will see a low of 62.
Thursday: Partly to mostly sunny with a widely isolated afternoon shower or thunderstorm by the mid-afternoon. We will see a high of 82 with northwest winds of 7-10 mph. Sea breezes along the coast will develop by the afternoon.
Thursday night: Any showers or thunderstorms end by10 p.m. with partly cloudy skies by 3 a.m. We will see a low of 60 with northwest winds at 4-7 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny with a high of 81.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 62.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high of 81.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 62.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 81-84, lows 62-65.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 81-84, lows 63-66.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 82-85, lows 64-67.
Wednesday: Increasing clouds by the late morning, with possible showers by the early evening. Highs 79-82, lows 64-67.