Long Range Forecast – May 12
The Providence area had a sneaky six day run of 70°+ weather from Tuesday-Sunday. Even the days with scattered showers made it to 70, and the overnight lows for five straight days were in the 50s. As a result, the month was running 2.3° warmer than normal through the 12th. It’s sharply cooler early this week, but the chilly weather will not be sticking around for too long. Highs should be back in the 70s inland on Thursday, and it will stay mild through the weekend.
The forecast for next week is tricky – especially early in the week. If a warm front gets hung up to our south, we’ll see scattered showers with highs in the 60s. If it’s to our north, there will be more sunshine and highs in the 70s inland, and 60s near the coast. This time of the year, the first scenario is favored. A slow-moving cold front is likely to bring some rain in the middle to late part of next workweek. A wave of low pressure may form on the front allowing for a decent soaking in the Northeast.
Looking ahead to the Memorial Day weekend…it looks like it will be seasonable or a bit cooler than normal. I don’t expect a huge warm-up for the unofficial start of summer.