Forecast discussion: Although it was the last day of May, it felt more like the middle of summer throughout Rhode Island. Once again, the official temperature at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick went above 90 degrees at 92. So, if we can reach 90 degrees tomorrow, we would have had an official heat wave. As of publishing this article, the National Weather Service has not yet issued an Air Quality Alert for the state for Saturday.
However, the latest computer models only give Providence a high of 89. One of the reasons is we will see stronger winds in the afternoon, keeping the atmosphere moving. For the coastline, fog will burn off by noontime, and temperatures will reach the upper 70’s. So, heading to the beach may be a good idea.
As we approach Sunday, we will begin to see increasing clouds in the afternoon. This is due to a slow moving cold front, which continues to spawn tornadoes and severe weather in the Central Plains. This front will bring more moisture over us Sunday afternoon, with the threat of some showers late in the afternoon. I’m expecting heavy rain at times during the overnight and into Monday. The front will slowly move offshore by early Tuesday morning, with a high pressure system coming down from central Canada helping to clear our skies.
This high will bring much cooler air, as temperatures will only be in the lower to middle 70’s, starting on Monday. The high will influence our weather for most of the week, until a series of low pressure systems meet up along the east coast. They will combine their moisture to bring some evening showers on Friday.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Clear skies with patchy fog developing along the coast and a low of 66.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and breezy with a high of 89. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 15-18 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (6:05 p.m. vs. Syracuse Chiefs): Partly cloudy, 82.
Saturday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 64. Winds will come from the southwest at 8-11 mph.
Sunday: Partly sunny by the afternoon with showers developing around 5 p.m. and a high of 84.
Sunday night: Showers will become moderate to heavy rain in isolated areas and patchy fog developing after 1 a.m. We will see a low of 63.
Monday: Showers with light to moderate rain and a high of 75.
Monday night: Showers with light rain and a low of 56.
Tuesday: Showers/rain until the early morning, with partly to mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. Highs 73-76, lows 52-55.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 72-75, lows 51-54.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 73-76, lows 53-56.
Friday: Becoming mostly cloudy by the afternoon, with evening showers. Highs 74-77, lows 56-59.