Forecast discussion: A slow moving cold front created some heavy rainfall around Rhode Island this morning. The heaviest rainfall occurred between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in parts of Pawtucket and Cranston, as an inch per hour created street flooding. Also, an EF1 tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service earlier this afternoon in the town of Coventry, CT. The tornado had winds of 90 mph as it moved through that part of the state around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. This front is now moving offshore, but will stall near Cape Cod, keeping clouds and some possible showers in the forecast for Friday.
However, the two things everyone will feel on Friday are lower temperatures and humidity. Winds will actually come from the northeast, which is a cool wind direction. Also, some cooler air has come down from Canada, allowing for dewpoint temperatures to be in the lower 60’s. Although this is still a little uncomfortable, the air will not feel as oppressive as it has been the last two weeks. However, we may still see a stray shower or two over the state.
As we move into the weekend, the cold front will move off into the Atlantic, and the Bermuda High pressure system that has given us the first heat wave of the summer will slowly take control of our weather pattern once again. Winds will slowly turn back to the south and southwest, allowing for more tropical air to return to Southern New England. We will see an increase in our temperatures and our humidity once again by the beginning of the workweek.
At this time, the long range computer models suggest temperatures could once again reach or go above 90 degrees for at least four consecutive days. However, we will see the chance of late day showers or thunderstorms starting Wednesday, due to the extreme moisture in the air. It appears a cold front will try to come down from Canada by Thursday afternoon, helping to trigger some showers and thunderstorms.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with an isolated shower or thunderstorm until 10 p.m. Patchy fog will develop, especially along the south coast. We will see a low of 68.
Friday: Cloudy with isolated showers with a high of 78. We may see peeks of sunshine through the afternoon. Winds will come from the northeast at 11-14 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (7:05 p.m. vs. Rochester Red Wings): Partly to mostly cloudy, 74.
Friday night: Becoming partly cloudy with a low of 64. Winds will come from the northeast at 3-6 mph.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a high of 81.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 68.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of 87.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 71.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 89-92, lows 69-72.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 89-92, lows 70-73.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with the slight chance for afternoon showers/thunderstorms. Highs 90-93, lows 72-75.
Thursday: Partly sunny in the morning, with late afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs 89-92, lows 71-74.