Weather preview for Easter, Passover

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From Easter egg hunts to sunrise services and brunch plans with the family, Easter and Passover are a kick-off to spring, and the desire to spend some time outside is high.  As we know here in New England, early spring can fluctuate from cold and snowy to summer heat. Who remembers last Easter’s near-record high temperature?

Over the last 5 years we’ve had a 37F temperature difference between the warmest (2017) and coldest (2016) Easter days. It doesn’t look like we’ll have a repeat of last year’s summer warmth. In fact, 2018 will fall at the cooler end of recent Easters.  However, a high temperature of 53 would match the normal/average high for April 1.  Compared to the stormy, cool March we’ve had…. I’m pretty happy with “normal” temperatures. So here’s what’s on tap for the weekend:

FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY: There is rain in the forecast for the first part of the weekend.  An area of low pressure will make it’s way to the northeastern US, bringing a swath of wet weather with it.  There is a risk for some heavier downpours and gusty winds, but the exact timing is a bit uncertain.  Some of our computer guidance is leaning more towards Friday and others delay the steadiest rain until Saturday.

So, if a Saturday Easter Egg Hunt is in your plans, you’ll need to keep a close eye on the forecast.  Early indications are it could be a wet and windy day, especially in the morning.

EASTER SUNDAY: Right now it looks like rain and clouds will clear by morning, with an area of dry high pressure moving in on Sunday.  That should allow for a storm-free and seasonable day.

The sun comes up on April 1 at 6:29 a.m. EDT in Providence.  Temperatures at dawn will be near freezing with afternoon highs forecast to climb to the upper 40s to low 50s in the afternoon.  Overall, it looks like a nice day.

WHAT COULD CHANGE: With Easter nearly a week away, there is still time for some changes to the forecast.  If the storm system currently forecast to impact our area early in the weekend slows down, then rain could linger into Sunday.   If rain ends, but clouds linger then temperatures may end up a few degrees cooler than currently forecast.

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