Cold conditions to hit island

  • Cold snap: according to the Bermuda Weather Service, bermuda can expect cold air and high winds this weekend (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Cold snap: according to the Bermuda Weather Service, bermuda can expect cold air and high winds this weekend (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Cold weather from the East Coast is expected to bring lower temperatures and gale force gusts over the next two days.

According to the Bermuda Weather Service, winds will pick up tonight with occasional showers as a cold front approaches the island.

Gary Hall, meteorologist, said the front will bring the coldest weather the island has seen so far this winter.

Mr Hall said: “Northwest winds will follow the front and become gale force — 25 to 35 knots, gusting to 45 knots — by early Friday morning at the latest and persist through the daytime hours on Friday.

“High temperatures on Friday and Saturday will struggle to break the 60 degree mark, while overnight lows will dip into the lower 50s.

Mr Hall said temperatures around the island are expected to be “well below” the average daily low for January, which is around 64 to 65 degrees.

The winds are expected to weaken rapidly on Saturday, although conditions will likely remain cool.

He explained that this time of year deep low pressure systems can form north of Bermuda and travel up or along the Canadian Maritimes.

Mr Hall said: “The trailing cold fronts behind these deep lows usher in a modified polar air mass which adds to our showers and resulting cold temperatures.”

A Small Craft Warning is in effect for this evening, while a Gale Force Warning will come into effect early Friday.

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Published Jan 16, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 16, 2020 at 8:00 am)

Cold conditions to hit island

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