PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Expect a high temperature near 81 degrees with a lot of  sunshine in Providence today, the National Weather Service says.

"High pressure brings dry weather with seasonable temperatures and comfortable humidity through Friday. A return to hot weather is expected later this weekend into early next week," the weather service says in its forecast discussion."

For surfers and other beachgoers, the big waves from Hurricane Chris should diminish today.

Friday and Saturday also look mostly sunny with highs in the low 80s, while the temperature should climb into the upper 80s Sunday, again with a lot of  sunshine, the weather service says.

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