A powerful cold front, ushering in an arctic airmass across much of North America swept westward into the western Atlantic giving Bermuda a taste of that air. Passing between 7:00am and 7:30am, the front immediately dropped temperatures from near 70°F to near 65°F, cold dry arctic air (moderated significantly by the warm waters of the western Atlantic) then filtered in throughout the day intermingled with isolated to scattered light showers. Bottoming out around 55°F in late afternoon, the cold air flowing in behind the front was coming in faster than the sun could warm it through thick cloud cover.
While not a record, yesterday’s low of 55.4°F (record: 49.6°F in 2003) and this morning’s 53.4°F (record: 53.0°F in 1950) were the lowest temperatures measured at the airport since the 52.5°F on 29 March 2013, almost two years ago! The unusual chill was accompanied by strong winds with gale force gusts peaking at 38kts (44mph) at the airport.