Wednesday was the warmest day of the year so far in the Providence area. The high temperature was 88°. It is the latest into the year to reach 88° in Providence since July 9, 1982. The warm and oppressively humid weather will be pushed out to sea by a cold front that brought showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue Wednesday evening as the cold front eases through. It will gradually get less humid, especially after midnight. Clouds will be stubborn into Thursday morning as the wind shifts to the northeast. The temperature will fall to the mid to upper 60s by dawn.
Thursday does not look like a washout, but it will most likely not be a banner day, either. Look for mostly cloudy skies, with the chance of a few showers. The best chance of seeing the sun break through for a several hours is away from the coast. There will be a light northeast breeze. The temperature will only reach the low to mid 70s. It will be less humid than the past couple of days.
A storm riding along the front draped just south of Southern New England will bring rain, and it may be heavy at times. In a worst-case scenario, there could be more than 2″ of rain and localized street flooding Thursday night. There is likely to be a relatively narrow band of heavy rain, but right now, it looks like it will be focused over RI and SE MA. The temperature will be in the 60s Thursday night.
The weather will improve quickly on Friday. Early clouds and showers will give way to partly to mostly sunny skies by midday. The high temperature will be in the upper 70s to low 80s.
We are expecting a fine summer weekend. Highs will be in the 80s inland, and near 80 at the beach. Both days should feature a decent dose of sunshine. It will be typically humid, but not oppressive. Lows will be in the 60s. The next best chance of rain after the weekend is on Tuesday.