There was no shortage of sunshine on Thursday, but a strong south-southwesterly breeze reminded us that hit is still only mid-April and the ocean temperature is in the 40s. The onshore breeze, which gusted to around 30 mph in the afternoon, and held the immediate coast in the upper 40s, with inland RI and SE MA reaching the mid 50s.
An approaching cold front will spread some clouds into Southern New England by late Thursday night. Lows will be in the low to mid 40s. Friday looks partly to mostly cloudy with the chance of a few passing rain showers. It will not be a washout, and with enough sunshine, the temperature may reach the low to mid 60s.
There is a better chance of rain showers Friday night. Once again, it does not look like there will be a long duration of steady rain, and the system will be moving offshore early Saturday morning, setting up a decent weekend in New England. Saturday afternoon will be mostly sunny with highs inland in the mid 60s, and in the upper 50s near the coast.
The wind direction will be the key reason in determining how warm it gets on Sunday. The breeze will be somewhere between southeast and southwest. If it is a southeasterly breeze, then it will be cooler for most of RI and SE MA, with temperatures holding in the low to mid 50s. If it is a southwesterly breeze, the temperature west of I-95 may reach the upper 60s. The southwest breeze would keep the RI coast and the South Coast of MA in the upper 50s.
It will stay mild into early next week. Monday may reach 70° inland with a southwesterly wind and mostly sunny skies. Once again, it will be 10-15° cooler near the coast. Clouds will thicken on Tuesday, and rain is likely by late in the day. Rain may be heavy at times Tuesday night into early Wednesday before the system moves offshore with cooler weather in its wake for the end of next workweek.