Thursday, December 24th 2020, 6:44 am - Eastern Quebec and Atlantic Canada might smash temperature records on Christmas, even extending into Boxing Day.
Some snowbirds still insisted on travelling to Florida this year, disregarding travel recommendations -- and it appears it hasn't paid off.
A sharp cold front will move across the state on Christmas, pushing frost as far south as Orlando. Temperatures along the Florida Panhandle will plunge as cold as -4°C or -5°C. The National Weather Service hints this could be the coldest Christmas since at least 1995 for the area. A big chunk of the state may fail to get much warmer than 10°C or 11°C on Saturday.
WARMER IN LABRADOR CITY THAN FLORIDA?
Moving over 3,000 kilometres northeast, it'll probably be warmer in Labrador City than a decent chunk of Florida by Christmas dinner.
The temperatures are forecast to be anomalous, thanks to an amplified jet stream drawing up significant moisture and temperature anomalies from much lower latitudes. The low-pressure system over Quebec drives north Saturday evening, even pushing above-freezing temperatures over southwestern Greenland.
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WARMEST SPOTS IN THE COUNTRY?
Parts of the Eastern Townships in Quebec might be as warm as 15°C or 16°C. The Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia might soar to 17°C through the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning. It's a low probability event, but if Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador reaches 12°C, it'll be the warmest reading ever in December, January and February.
There is also a risk of heavy rainfall and localized damaging winds, as the gusts will surge ahead of the front by Saturday across Atlantic Canada.