The National Hurricane Center named Tropical Storm Matthew a few minutes after I posted this update.
A slightly cool and unsettled weather pattern is ahead for late this week into early next week. Steady rain will likely hold off until late in the workweek, and there are showers in the forecast for this weekend. The slow-moving storm system may throw more showers into Southeastern New England early next week before finally moving away from the Northeastern United States.
There is also a lot of buzz surrounding the system that will likely become Matthew in the Southern Caribbean. It looks healthy Wednesday morning, and strengthening is likely in the next few days. The short-term forecast is fairly certain, but where it goes after it turns north is questionable.
Wednesday and Thursday will be cloudy and breezy in RI and SE MA. There may be patchy mist and drizzle. The temperature will hover in the mid 50s at night, and low to mid 60s during the day. Steady rain is not expected through Thursday, but it will be damp at times.
There is a better chance of showers Friday into the weekend as a slow-moving storm moves east. Expect some rain on Friday, with highs in the low 60s and an easterly breeze. The best chance of steady rain is in the afternoon and at night. More showers are likely on Saturday. Highs will be in the low 60s again.
An unsettled pattern continues into early next week. Showers may persist on Monday. Highs will be in the 60s. Gradual improvement is ahead for the middle of next week. Look for seasonable conditions by the middle to end of the workweek. Highs in the 60s, lows in the 40s to low 50s.