Forecast Update: Columbus Day Weekend

Friday was remarkably nice with highs in many spots between 75-80° under gorgeous blue sky. The good news is we’ll do it again Saturday. The bad news is the weather will take a drastic turn for the worse on Sunday afternoon. We’ll rebound a bit on Columbus Day, but it will not be nearly as nice as Saturday.

There are a ton of events going on in RI, MA, and CT this weekend including the Columbus Day Festival on Federal Hill to the Flames of Hope celebration in Providence, and the Autumnfest in Woonsocket. All of the events are fairly dependent on the weather, and all will be impacted to a degree.

Friday night will be quite nice, with clear skies and relatively mild conditions. The low will be in the mid to upper 50s by Saturday morning as some patchy fog develops after midnight. Saturday will begin similar to Friday with some patchy fog, but that will burn off to partly sunny skies by mid-morning. Highs will be in the low to mid 70s in the afternoon. There will be a southwesterly breeze at 10-20 mph.

A cold front will move through in the evening. A few showers are possible as that front comes through. The wind will shift to the northwest, and cooler air will gradually move in behind the front. The temperature will fall into the 50s by midnight, and to the low 50s by dawn Sunday.

Sunday hasn’t looked good all week, and that is still the case. Clouds will thicken, and chilly rain will develop in the afternoon. The high will be in the low to mid 50s around noon, and the temperature will fall into the mid to upper 40s by early in the evening with showers continuing. The weather looks rough for the Pats-Broncos at Gillette Stadium.

Showers will end by early in the morning on Columbus Day. It will be mostly sunny, brisk, and cool, with the temperature climbing from the upper 30s to low 40s at dawn to the low to mid 50s during the afternoon.

Looking ahead to next week, the temperature should moderate Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. Highs will be back in the 60s on Wednesday. A couple of cold fronts will move through next week – one Wednesday night, and another late Friday. The air behind the second front will probably be the coolest of the season to date.

Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #756 AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist #126

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