Nova Scotia

High winds could cause power outages on Christmas Day

Christmas Day will be warm and windy in Nova Scotia with the possibility of power outages. Boxing Day will be much colder.

Mild temperatures Friday will be followed by cold Boxing Day

A Nova Scotia Power employee fixes a power line in Halifax in 2019. (Robert Short/CBC)

Planning to cook a turkey on Christmas Day? A backup plan might be in order.

The forecast is calling for temperatures into the low teens in Nova Scotia, but also high winds that could cause power outages late in the day.

"The later we get into the afternoon the higher the wind gusts are going to be," said CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin. "We could see wind gusts from 60 to 80 kilometres per hour with higher gusts possible along the coast."

Nova Scotia Power says it is monitoring the forecast.

"Our preparations for this storm are no different than they are for any other storm," said spokesperson Stacy O'Rourke. "We'll have our crews ready to respond if needed so we can ensure minimal disruption to our customers."

(Ryan Snoddon/CBC)
(Ryan Snoddon/CBC)
(Ryan Snoddon/CBC)

CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon said it appears peak gusts, which are most likely cause outages, will move from west to east during the afternoon, evening and into overnight.

For those planning to Zoom or Skype with families and friends, he said earlier in the day looks to be a safer bet. It might also be wise to put the turkey in the oven in the morning.

While it will be windy on Christmas, it is also expected to be warm. Highs of 10-15 C are expected across the Maritimes.

But the mild temperatures will end quickly.

"We'll be going from potential record-breaking warmth for Christmas Day and into Boxing Day morning to falling temperatures that afternoon with a lot of rain and wind changing over to snow," said Simpkin. "Anything that is wet could possibly freeze really quickly on Boxing Day."

(Ryan Snoddon/CBC)
(Ryan Snoddon/CBC)
(Ryan Snoddon/CBC)
(Ryan Snoddon/CBC)

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Clarifications

  • An earlier version of this story said the record warm temperature on Christmas Day is 13.1 C, set in 1996. In fact, the temperature at Halifax Stanfield International Airport reached 16.6 C on Christmas Day in 2014.
    Dec 23, 2020 2:06 PM AT

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