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Providence weather: Sunshine and warmer for Thursday

Forecast discussion: The calendar says it is the end of May. But, if you were outside in the streets of Providence today, you would think it felt and looked like late March. Drizzle, mist, and isolated showers passed through Rhode Island on Wednesday, and temperatures only reached the lower to middle 50’s for high temperatures. The good news is we will see bright sunshine on Thursday. However, temperatures will still remain about 10 degrees below normal.

This is due to an upper level trough that is remaining over New England. The trough will slowly begin to move off to the east. An upper level ridge will ever so slowly try to develop over the area, allowing for warmer air to come up from the south. But, a low pressure system will bring a cold front over the area on Friday, giving us another round of light rain and possible thunderstorms into the evening. The front will move offshore by Saturday night, allowing for a high pressure ridge to develop over New England.

This ridge will allow Rhode Island to see warmer temperatures and sunshine for Sunday and most of Monday. A warm front will be slowly moving north and east into New England by Monday night. This front will remain stationary, giving us grey skies, rainfall, and even some possible thunderstorms. The best chance to see thunderstorms at the moment will be Tuesday. Although overnight lows will be quite warm, thanks to cloud cover keeping the daytime heating from escaping into the atmosphere, high temperatures will fall back into the upper 60’s by next Wednesday.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Drizzle and mist will end by 10 p.m. Clearing skies and patchy fog after midnight. We will see a low of 44.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and warmer with a high of 66. Winds will come from the southeast at 8-11 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (7:05 p.m. vs. Gwinnett): Partly cloudy, 61.
Thursday night: Increasing clouds with a low of 48. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 2-5 mph.
Friday: Overcast skies with scattered showers and thunderstorms by 11 a.m. We will have a high of 69.
Friday night: Light rain and isolated thunderstorms with a low of 53.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a passing shower and a high of 66.
Saturday night: Isolated showers end by 10 p.m. with clearing skies. We will see a low of 49.

Extended Forecast:
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 69-72, lows 51-54.
Monday: Mostly sunny through the afternoon, with cloudy skies and rain by 11 p.m. Highs 74-77, lows 56-59.
Tuesday: Overcast with rain/thunderstorms. Highs 71-74, lows 55-58.
Wednesday: Overcast with showers/light rain. Highs 68-71, lows 54-57.