Forecast discussion: A weak cold front passed through Rhode Island earlier on Saturday. Except for a few evening clouds, starry skies are expected, thanks to a small ridge of high pressure. As we move through Sunday, we will be seeing increasing clouds in the early afternoon. A cold front moving towards New York out of Canada may help produce an isolated shower or thunderstorm late Sunday afternoon or early evening. We will continue to have isolated activity Sunday evening, before ending on Monday night. We will see nice weather on Tuesday, with highs near 90. For the Fourth of July, the computer models are making me more pessimistic about the holiday forecast. It looks like any parades in the morning will be rain free. But, as the afternoon wears on, a low pressure system will help bring possible showers and thunderstorms for the evening. The activity will end by Thursday morning, as high pressure out of Canada brings drier air. We will also return to the heat, as temperature rise into the lower 90’s by next Saturday.
At this time, there are no areas of possible development in the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean for possible tropical cyclones. However, I did want to mention the severe weather that plagued much of West Virginia and Maryland Friday evening into Saturday morning. It seems large clusters of thunderstorms created incredible damage due to wind. The winds remained moving straight, with gusts between 80 to 100 mph. The term for this type of thunderstorm are called derechoes. If you are interested in learning more about them, click here.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: A few clouds before skies clear after midnight. We will see a low of 69.
Sunday: Mostly sunny through the morning, with mostly cloudy skies and possible showers/thunderstorms in the late afternoon or early evening. I’m expecting a high of 93. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 10-13 mph.
Sunday night: Mostly cloudy with showers and isolated thunderstorms. I’m expecting a low of 67. Winds will turn to the northwest at 5-8 mph.
Monday: Partly sunny with an isolated shower or thunderstorm in the early evening a high of 88.
Monday night: Showers/thunderstorms ending before midnight, but remaining mostly cloudy with a low of 65.
Tuesday: Partly to mostly sunny with a high of 88.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 68.
Fourth of July: Overcast with showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs 85-88, lows 68-71.
Thursday: Showers and isolated thunderstorms ending by the early morning, becoming partly to mostly sunny by the afternoon. Highs 87-90, lows 65-68.
Friday: Mostly sunny and very warm. Highs 89-92, lows 66-69.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot. Highs 91-94, lows 67-70.