The heat wave in Providence likely ends on Wednesday. Highs will be in the mid-upper 80s with plenty of humidity. It will feel like the 90s inland. Scattered t-storms are possible Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. There is a low risk of any severe weather. Of course, with dew points in the 70s, torrential downpours are possible in any thunderstorms. However, the disturbance coming through Wednesday into Thursday is not as potent/organized as what we saw last week, and the chance of widespread soaking rain is lower.
Friday looks dry and warm, with lower humidity. Dew points will be in the 60s instead of the 70s. That’s not refreshingly dry, but it should be a noticeable notch lower than most of this week. The weekend forecast is tricky. There will be a front nearby, and it could trigger showers and storms both Saturday and Sunday. At this point, it looks like the best chance of any rain is Saturday morning with scattered showers. I’m cautiously optimistic for a mainly or all dry Saturday afternoon and Sunday in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. If the front gets far enough south, then there may be a decent dose of sunshine inland. If it lurks offshore, which I suspect it will, then expect filtered sunshine at best. Highs will likely be a bit below normal this weekend in the mid 70s to low 80s.
Looking ahead to next week, it will likely be less hot and humid, and there are a couple of chances for rain. A front moving through in the midweek could bring showers, and later in the workweek there may be another disturbance nearby that threatens Southeastern New England with showers.
The tropics are basically quiet. The Hurricane Center named Subtropical Storm Debby in the central Atlantic Ocean. It’s a no-impact storm, and almost certainly just a stat padder for the season. This is one of those storms that would likely not have been named in the pre-satellite era. It’s likely to dissipate by late Thursday.