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Providence weather: Sunny and still very warm Thursday

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Forecast discussion: A strong high pressure system pushed all the leftover showers and thunderstorms from last night out into the Atlantic by early Wednesday morning. Also, the high helped bring drier air over the region, as the dewpoint temperatures continued to fall. So, the next few evenings will be a little more comfortable to sleep.

However, we will still experience above normal temperatures during the day, making it a little warm for our students inside any schools without air conditioning and for those who work outside. Things will begin to feel muggy again by Friday, as winds from the southwest help to push moisture from the Gulf back into New England. The dewpoint temperatures will return to oppressive conditions on Friday. We will also see increasing clouds by the late afternoon, as a cold front approaches Southern New England.

At this time, it appears we will see scattered showers and thunderstorms on Saturday, starting a few hours before dawn. The precipitation will be off and on throughout the day, so I would not call it a washout. Despite partly sunny skies, temperatures will still try to reach the middle 80’s. The computer models are beginning to agree that a new high pressure system will help push the cold front out into the Atlantic before the Patriots start the 2014 football season in Miami.

By Sunday, we will also see an end to the high temperatures reaching the 80’s. Colder air coming down from Canada will help keep our temperatures in the lower to middle 70’s into the middle of next week. The high will bring bright sunshine right into Tuesday. By Wednesday, a developing low over southwest Iowa Tuesday night will push east. It will try to bring some extra moisture along with it. There is the threat of seeing some showers by the end of the evening commute. It could become wet next Thursday, as a frontal boundary brings the chance for some heavy rainfall into part of next Friday.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Clear skies and not as humid with a low of 63.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and remaining very warm with a high of 86. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 9-12 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (Governor Cup Playoff Game 2 vs. Syracuse at 6:05 p.m.): Partly cloudy, 78.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 65. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 3-6 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny with increasing clouds by the evening. We will see a high of 85.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with showers arriving by 4 a.m. We will see a low of 69.
Saturday: Scattered showers/thunderstorms off and on through the day. We will see a high of 84.
Saturday night: Showers/rain during the overnight with a low of 62.

Extended Forecast:
Sunday: Rain tapering to showers before ending by 11 a.m. Partly sunny skies expected the rest of the day. Highs 73-76, lows 57-60.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 73-76, lows 56-59.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 74-77, lows 57-60.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with possible evening showers. Highs 73-76, lows 59-62.

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