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Providence weather: The three h's return

Forecast discussion: Providence had one of those hazy, hot, humid weather days on Tuesday. The high temperature for the day reached 90 degrees, with our dewpoint temperature in the upper 60’s. This will make the night uncomfortable for sleeping if you do not have a fan or air conditioning. A disturbance well ahead of a cold front is helping to create strong thunderstorms over central New York and Pennsylvania. By the time this line of weather reaches Southern New England after midnight, we might see an isolated shower or even a rumble of thunder. However, the activity will not last very long.

As we head into Wednesday, we will see a repeat of today’s weather. We may have more haze in the sky, allowing for partly sunny conditions. The dewpoint temperatures will remain very uncomfortable, and temperatures should reach 90 degrees inland. Thanks to the southwest winds, the coastline will be much cooler. The threat of seeing strong thunderstorms by the early afternoon will remain.

The computer models feel the strong cold front now in the Great Lakes will begin to move into New England. It will not be until Thursday morning that the front moves offshore. So, we will still have the threat for some strong thunderstorms into Thursday morning. By then, high pressure engulfing the Rockies will bring cooler, drier air, thanks in part to the winds switching to the northwest. It will be less humid for the weekend, and temperatures for the day will reach the lower 80’s, which is seasonable as we head into the middle of July.

As we close the weekend, a new cold front will slowly begin to create scattered showers and thunderstorms ahead of it. We will see the risk of more scattered showers and thunderstorms by Monday morning. The front will move ever so slightly eastward, meaning the threat for more precipitation continues into next Tuesday. High temperatures will remain in the lower 80’s into early next week.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with the risk of isolated showers or thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may have period of heavy rain, gusty winds and small hail. Patchy fog is expected along the south coast. We will see a low of 71.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be strong. We will see a high of 90 with south-southwest winds of 11-15 mph.
Wednesday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms with a low of 67. Thunderstorms could be strong during the overnight. Winds will be westerly at 4-7 mph.
Thursday: Showers/thunderstorms end by 8 a.m. with partly sunny skies. We will see a high of 84.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy and less humid with a low of 63.
Friday: Mostly sunny with a high of 82.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 62.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 81-84, lows 64-67.
Sunday: Partly sunny through the day, with mostly cloudy skies and a possible shower before midnight. Highs 81-84, lows 67-70.
Monday: Showers/thunderstorms by mid-morning. Highs 81-84, lows 66-69.
Tuesday: Showers/thunderstorms. Highs 80-83, lows 65-68.

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