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Providence weather: Sunny start, cloudy in the middle

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 6, 2014. A widely isolated shower is possible.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 6, 2014. A widely isolated shower is possible.

Forecast discussion: Monday seemed a lot like Sunday around Providence. We started the day with mostly sunny skies, but daytime heating helped produce mostly cloudy skies by the mid-afternoon. However, as we approached sunset, the clouds began to dissipate, as the daytime heating began to disappear.

High temperature forecast for May 6, 2014

Unfortunately, the broken record will continue on Tuesday. There is the chance of a widely isolated shower passing through. Otherwise, we can expect another dry day. High pressure over eastern Canada will continue to give us dry weather through the middle of the week.

The computer models continue to show some unsettled weather going into Thursday. A warm front now located from eastern Kansas to eastern Kentucky will ever so slowly move to the north. The American model continues to show some showers north of the front passing through Rhode Island early Thursday morning. We will continue to see scattered showers pass through into Friday. The front will pass to our north, so we will have a brief period of dry weather. However, once the cold front moves east, we will see steadier shower activity around midnight early Saturday morning. The cold front will move very slowly, so we will see scattered showers into Sunday night.

A weak high pressure ridge will give us a little sunshine next Monday, until a new cold front brings the chance for more showers Monday evening. You will notice in the extended period that temperatures will rise into the upper 60’s to near 70 degrees. Overnight lows will be mild, thanks mostly to cloudy skies, which will keep in a lot of the daytime heating.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 44.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny in the morning, with partly sunny skies in the afternoon. We will see a high of 66 with north-northwest winds of 9-12 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (7:05 p.m. vs. Toledo): Mostly cloudy, 62.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 42. Winds will come from the north-northwest at 5-8 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny in the morning, with increasing clouds by the late afternoon. We will see a high of 65.
Wednesday night: Overcast with scattered showers by 2 a.m. and a low of 46.
Thursday: Cloudy with scattered showers and a high of 59.
Thursday night: Scattered showers with a low of 47.

Extended Forecast:
Friday: Cloudy with scattered showers until the late morning. Skies will remain cloudy into the late evening, with scattered showers by midnight. Highs 60-63, lows 49-52.
Saturday: Cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 65-68, lows 51-54.
Sunday: Showers end by 8 a.m. and becoming partly sunny. Highs 66-69, lows 47-50.
Monday: Partly sunny with possible showers/light rain by 9 p.m. Highs 67-70, lows 48-51.

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