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Temperatures plunged to a record low of 48F (9C) the coldest ever recorded for December.

The chill at 4am yesterday broke the previous monthly low of 50F (10C). Bermuda's coldest temperature on record is 44F (6.6C), from February of 1950.

The storm battering Bermuda also appeared to push an aircraft at LF Wade International Airport into ground equipment, damaging a wing and the doors to the front wheel well around 1.30pm.

The aircraft slipped as it was being unloaded of its last two containers. A JetBlue flight's departure was delayed and five private flights from the US were cancelled.

A British Airways flight landed on time but was hit with delays on the ground as stormy conditions held up the unloading of baggage.

Some evening ferry services were cancelled.

A Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) forecaster said gusts at Commissioner's Point, Ireland Island North reached hurricane force (more than 64 knots, or almost 75mph).

Storm force winds raged through yesterday afternoon, with a gale warning in effect for the evening.

An “active and deepening low pressure centre to our northeast” has been the cause of the foul weather. Low temperatues are expected to continue through the week. Gale force winds are expected to continue through tomorrow.

According to the BWS: “Christmas looks to be the most settled day of the forecast so far, with moderate winds and only one or two showers likely in the morning.

“This settled weather will persist into Sunday morning, before another low moves off the coast of Florida and begins to impact our area late Sunday night.”

Wind-blown waves batter Coney Island, in Hamilton Parish, as strong winds that accompanied a winter storm push through Bermuda
Storms batter Bermuda as temperatures drop to a record low for December.
Storms batter Bermuda as temperatures drop to a record low for December.
Storms batter Bermuda as temperatures drop to a record low for December.

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Published December 22, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 22, 2010 at 7:00 am)

Temperatures hit December record low

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