Forecast discussion: At the moment, a low pressure system well out in the Atlantic helped to bring some drizzle and showers into Providence on Tuesday. Although it does help with the moderate drought, we still need about 3 and a quarter inches to make up the difference. However, we may see a little more precipitation on Wednesday.
A second low over northern Pennsylvania is going to move through New England during the day. This low will bring a cold front, which will carry more moisture into the area. The front will linger over Rhode Island through the day, so we will see isolated areas of light rain. A quarter inch of rain is very possible in some areas.
The front will move very slowly off to the east, so we will help gray skies, drizzle, and patchy fog into Wednesday night and Thursday morning. A high pressure ridge coming down from Canada will help clear our skies by Thursday night. We will finally see bright sunshine on Friday, but we will begin to see high and mid-level cloud cover take over the skies by the late afternoon.
A new cold front will bring another round of showers starting early Saturday morning, and the front will remain over us throughout the day. Any precipitation will linger into early Sunday morning, before the front pulls out to sea. We will see mostly sunny skies by the late morning, and have a nice, but cool day on Sunday. The high will protect us throughout Monday, but a quick moving low pressure system along the U.S.-Canadian border will bring the risk for some showers by Monday night. The low will push to our east, and the precipitation is forecast to end by next Tuesday afternoon. We will remain under mostly cloudy skies for the rest of the day, as we will have too much moisture in the lower levels of the atmosphere. Temperatures will mostly be in the 60’s for most of the week, with the chance to reach 70 degrees on Monday.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Cloudy skies with patchy fog, drizzle, and showers before dawn. We will see a low of 55.
Wednesday: Patchy fog burns off by mid-morning. Scattered showers and light rain expected with a high of 62. Winds will come from the north-northeast at 12 -15 mph.
Wednesday night: Overcast with isolated showers and light rain. Patchy fog forms by midnight. We will see a low of 55 with north-northeast winds of 11-14 mph.
Thursday: Drizzle and an isolated shower possible until the late morning, with partly sunny skies by the late afternoon. We will see a high of 65.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 50.
Friday: Mostly sunny through the morning, with increasing clouds by the late afternoon. We will see a high of 67.
Friday night: Overcast with isolated showers by 4 a.m. and a low of 53.
Saturday: Showers and light rain. Highs 65-68, lows 49-52.
Sunday: Showers/light rain until 6 a.m. Mostly sunny skies by 10 a.m. Highs 63-66, lows 47-50.
Monday: Partly sunny with possible evening showers. Highs 68-71, lows 51-54.
Tuesday: Overcast with showers ending around 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy skies expected for the rest of the day. Highs 65-68, lows 53-56.