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Providence weather: Sunny, not as humid on Thursday

The expected temperature for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on June 18, 2014
The expected temperature for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on June 18, 2014

Forecast discussion: Despite bright sunshine for much of the day, we did not reach the hot temperatures that I was forecasting for on Wednesday. As of 4 p.m., T.F. Green Airport received a high temperature of 86 degrees. However, the humidity was high this morning. As we moved through the day, a cold front pushed through, helping to bring drier air from the north. It will still be warm for sleeping this evening, with lows only falling into the upper 60’s.

As we move into Thursday, the mercury will reach the middle 80’s inland, but the humidity will be much lower. By Thursday night, our temperatures will return to comfortable readings, so we can shut off the air-conditioners and open up the window again. As we move into the end of the week, cooler air from Canada will lower our high temperatures into the middle 70’s by Saturday.
The only weather feature close to New England will be a developing low pressure center near North Carolina. However, the moisture near the low will be too far south to affect our forecast.

As we begin early next week, we will continue to remain dry. It will remain dry and cool into Monday evening. By Tuesday, a new disturbance will slowly work eastward. It will break down the ridge that gave us the dry weather for so long. There is the chance of seeing some showers and thunderstorms by the afternoon. The disturbance will move offshore by Wednesday morning, and we will return to dry weather by the afternoon. However, the warmest temperatures we will see next week will be Tuesday, with highs reaching the middle to upper 70’s.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy in northern Rhode Island, with mostly cloudy skies and an isolated shower along the coast. We will see a low of 67.
Thursday: Mostly sunny skies and not as humid with a high of 85. Winds will come from the northwest at 6-9 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 57. Winds will come from the north-northwest at 3-6 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny with a high of 80.
Friday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 58.
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny and cooler with a high of 75.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 58.

Extended Forecast:
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 73-76, lows 58-61.
Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 73-76, lows 60-63.
Tuesday: Partly sunny with the chance for showers/thunderstorms by the early afternoon. Highs 76-79, lows 60-63.
Wednesday: Showers/thunderstorms end by the beginning of the morning commute, with partly to mostly sunny skies. Highs 73-76, lows 62-65.

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