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An advisory is the lowest of four drought designations.

State Water Resources Board Chairwoman Susan Licardi says the drought advisory is meant to raise awareness about current conditions. State officials are urging Rhode Islanders to take precautionary measures to conserve water and to be aware of the dry conditions.

State recommendations include avoiding over-watering of lawns, and not watering yards during the hottest part of the day.

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Providence reached 96 degrees Sunday. It's not a record -- that's 98 degrees -- but the humidity was unusually high. The National Weather Service issued heat advisories for several days last week.

On Monday, the state will get relief, according to Weather Service meteorologist Bob Thompson.

“[Monday] will be a little bit less humid, it’s still going to be very warm [Monday], we’re still probably going to see high temperatures near 90, but the humidity will be a little bit less," said Thompson.

But Thompson predicts the respite will be brief.

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The advisory for much of Southern New England lasts through 7 o’clock Friday evening. Temperatures are climbing into the 90s, but humidity could make it feel as hot as 103 degrees.

Meteorologist Lenore Correia recommends keeping outdoor activities to a minimum.

“People can get heat exhaustion and things like that,” said Correia. “You don’t want to leave your children in the car, or your pets, and you just want to be careful and make sure to drink lots of water.”

Correia said things will cool off by the end of the weekend.

John Bender

After a stretch of warm weather, snow is on the horizon for Rhode Island. The National Weather Service is predicting a brief winter storm late in the weekend, and has issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of southern New England.

Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson says snowflakes will likely start falling late Saturday evening and last through Monday.

Temperatures broke records across southern New England, as the mercury plunged to subzero levels. In Providence it hit -9 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday during the early morning hours; breaking the previous record of -7 set in 1979, according to the National Weather Service.

The deep freeze is expected to break this week in Rhode Island. Temperatures will hover in the twenties across most of the state, and are expected to climb above freezing along the coast.

Temperatures will reach 50 degrees on Tuesday, which will feel practically balmy, after the harsh weekend.

Arctic temperatures are heading our way. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for Rhode Island, lasting through the weekend. Temperatures are forecast to plunge as low as 30 degrees below zero with the wind chill.

A cold front moving south from the upper Arctic is the reason for the falling temperatures, which are expected to reach the twenties on Friday before plunging into the teens and eventually single digits over the weekend.

National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said the air will feel even colder thanks to subzero wind chills.

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Snow fell across Rhode Island Monday, just days after Friday's storm, which knocked out power to thousands of National Grid customers. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Many schools canceled  a second day of classes, and municipalities are enforcing parking bans. 

Chuck Hinman

About half of Block Island remained without power as of late Sunday morning due to the winter storm, which pummeled the island with wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour. Block Island also received the most snow  in the state at 13 inches.

Block Island Power Company CEO Cliff McGinnes said two crews were working to restore primary power lines, and more help was on the way.

New York Times Video

Some of this December's unseasonably warm weather was blamed on a weather event known as El Nino. Essentially, warm air  in the Pacific is carried eastward warming temperatures in some areas, and cooling other parts of the country down. 

The New York Times took a crack at explaining the phenomena with a handy video, made last year, when similarly warm weather struck the region.

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Seasonable winter weather is finally hitting the Ocean State. Temperatures are expected to hover in the thirties today, and snow is expected Monday night.

Flurries are predicted to start late in the evening and continue falling into early Tuesday morning. The northwestern part of the state could see up three inches of snow.

National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Belk said some parts of the state will have a lot more to shovel than others.

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If you’ve stepped outside at all this month, you already know the weather has been far from frightful.  Forecasters are predicting a record-breaking Christmas, and the city’s warmest December.

In Providence, Christmas set a record last year at 63 degrees. Meteorologists believe we’ll approach that record this year, and maybe even beat it. Overall this is shaping up to be the warmest December on record in Providence, with an average temperature of 43 degrees.

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High temperatures in Providence broke several records over the last two days, and meteorologists say White Christmas is exceedingly unlikely.

Around 11 p.m. Monday night, the mercury hit 61 degrees to beat out a record for that date of 59 degrees set in 1991.

Just a few hours later, at 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, temperatures climbed even higher, reaching 64 degrees. That was two degrees warmer than the record. It was even warmer than the same early morning hour this past July 4th.

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Heavy rain may continue on and off through the end of the week, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook on Wednesday morning, when downpours caused localized flooding.

Meteorologist Bill Simpson said while the rainy weather will last through the weekend, the heaviest downpours may let up.

“This is not constant heavy rain like we’re experiencing now, but again, we’re talking about five days,” said Simpson. “Later on Thursday into Friday, and then we’ll see what happens for the weekend.”

Kids may be returning to school, but summer weather is hanging on. Monday is the start of a three-day heat wave.

Temperatures are expected to hit about 90 degrees across the state Monday, before climbing to the mid-nineties Tuesday and Wednesday. National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Nocera said things are predicted to cool off later in the week with clouds and rain.

John Bender / RIPR

As we enter the dog days of summer, even night air offers little respite for from the stifling heat. In Providence, many of the city’s children rely on public pools to stay cool. Last year the Davey Lopes Pool in South Providence reopened following a controversial closure.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender revisits the pool a year later, which many call an anchor of the community.

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