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Providence weather: Sunshine and warm

Forecast discussion: Sunday in Providence did not start off too bad. We actually had our high temperature by the late afternoon, after cloudy skies took over by the early afternoon. There was an occasional sprinkle falling over northern Rhode Island after noon time, but mostly it was virga. Skies are now partly cloudy at T.F. Green Airport.

High pressure behind a cold front will help give us partly cloudy skies for Monday. Temperatures will remain seasonable, and long range computer models do not show a late heat wave for August. We will remain mostly in the 70’s to near 80 for the next seven days.

The next threat for any precipitation appears to be by late Wednesday afternoon. The high will keep a low pressure system now forming over Raleigh Durham, NC from moving northward. But, a wave of low pressure in western Canada could bring some scattered showers by the evening commute. The low will persist around the area into Thursday afternoon, and we might see afternoon showers. The low will slowly move offshore, but there will be enough moisture for a late afternoon shower on Friday.

As we approach the next weekend, high pressure from Canada will give us mostly sunny skies and dry weather. However, it will not feel like late August. As some kids prepare to go back to school early next week, it will feel more like September. High temperatures are only forecast to reach the lower to middle 70’s.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy skies by midnight with a low of 61.
Monday: Mostly sunny with a high of 79. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 8-11 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (7:05 p.m. vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre): Partly cloudy, 71.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 60. Winds will be westerly at 2-5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 79.
Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 60.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy by the late afternoon with isolated showers by the evening commute. We will see a high of 78.
Wednesday night: Cloudy with isolated showers and a low of 62.

Extended Forecast:
Thursday: Partly sunny with possible afternoon showers. Highs 75-78, lows 61-64.
Friday: Partly sunny with the slight chance for a late afternoon shower. Highs 73-76, lows 60-63.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 73-76, lows 59-62.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 74-77, lows 59-62.