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Providence weather: Partly sunny, with a possible shower

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Forecast discussion: As expected, a low pressure system passed south of Rhode Island on Thursday, and brought showers and periods of moderate rain to Providence. At this time, radar imagery shows the shower activity moving offshore. A weak cold front over Northern New England will move south by Friday. Meanwhile, a high pressure ridge will slowly build in behind the front by the afternoon. We may still see a spot shower or thunderstorm, especially ring the morning hours. The ridge will bring drier air into the evening, allowing for clear to partly cloudy skies for Friday night.

A high pressure system over the Great Lakes will bring some of the best weather we have seen for the weekend. Temperatures will reach the lower 80’s under clear to mostly sunny skies. So, if you made any outdoor plans, everything should be on schedule. The high will influence our weather for part of Monday morning, before a weak disturbance passes into the Northeast U.S. We could see some isolated showers by the early afternoon, with a better chance at showers by the evening commute.

A weak high pressure ridge will bring limited sunshine to the area on Tuesday, and temperatures will be slightly below normal for this time of the year. The limited sunshine continues into Wednesday, with a cold front to our west slowly working its way towards New England. We may see some shower activity before midnight, with some scattered showers possible next Thursday.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Cloudy with isolated showers until 9 p.m. Mostly cloudy skies expected for the rest of the night. We will see a low of 56.
Friday: Partly sunny with an isolated shower or thunderstorm in the morning. We will see a high of 77 with northwest winds of 8-11 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 58. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 3-6 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with a possible shower or thunderstorm along the coastline. We will see a high of 82.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 60.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and a high of 82.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 62.

Extended Forecast:
Monday: Partly sunny with possible showers by noon. Scattered showers by the evening commute. Highs 77-80, lows 58-61.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 74-77, lows 56-59.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with possible showers before midnight. Highs 75-78, lows 57-60.
Thursday: Cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 72-75, lows 55-58.