New Year’s Eve Cold Front passes


Bermuda Weather Service Radar image showing a band of rain associated with today's cold front at 3:43pm local time December 31st 2013.
Bermuda Weather Service Radar image showing a band of rain associated with today’s cold front at 3:43pm local time December 31st 2013.

Strong southwesterly winds for days brought with it warm humid air. This all ahead of a cold front that slowly approached this island from the northwest, at times becoming nearly stationary. This afternoon, the front began to pick up the pace and crossed the island. Gusty winds, showers and cooler temperatures have already arrived as the front continues to pass the island.

Despite the front’s slow motion, inclement weather associated with it is limited to a narrow band right along and behind the front. This means that the unsettled weather should largely be clear of the island for tonight’s festivities. A rough timeline has the precipitation ending around or before 6pm with only a slight chance for lingering patchy rain or a shower.  Mostly to partly cloudy skies after the rain clears out. Finally, moderate to strong northwesterly winds decreasing through the night. These improving conditions are courtesy of high pressure sliding in from the west.

High pressure remains in place through New Year’s day into Thursday when the next frontal system approaches from the west and brings another round of unsettled weather for the start of the weekend. For the latest official forecasts, observations, and advisory products for Bermuda see the Bermuda Weather Service.

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