Halifax sets record for warmest Christmas Day

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This year was Halifax's warmest Christmas Day on record since Environment Canada began collecting data in the 1950's.

According to Environment Canada's website, the city had a high of 13.4 C on Dec. 25. The previous record was 13.1.

The other Maritime capitals — Fredericton and Charlottetown — also broke their warmest temperature records for Christmas Day. Fredericton's jump was the largest, from 12 C in 2003 to 17.3 C in 2020.

High winds blew across much of the province Friday night into Saturday morning.

Thousands of Nova Scotians woke up to dark homes on Boxing Day. Morning outages were restored by noon, but thousands more Nova Scotia Power customers lost power in the afternoon.

That outage began around 12:30 p.m. Saturday and was caused by high winds and trees on power lines.

According to the Nova Scotia Power outage map, power was restored to all but 13 customers in the province by 6 p.m. AT.

From the Amherst area over to the Northumberland Strait on Saturday morning, 7,300 customers were also without electricity.

Nova Scotia Power
Nova Scotia Power

That outage began around 6 a.m. and was caused by damage to transmission equipment. It was resolved by 11:20 a.m.

Smaller outages were dotted across other parts of Nova Scotia by 9 a.m. Saturday, from Sydney Mines in Cape Breton to Liverpool on the South Shore.

Environment Canada issued special weather statements for much of the eastern portion of the province, which remain in effect.

Rainfall warnings issued for Annapolis, Cumberland, Digby, Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties have been lifted.

Some areas were expected to get up to 60 millimetres of rain, with maximum wind gusts of 70 km/h, and higher gusts possible over exposed areas. The rain could switch to snow as temperatures drop.

Environment Canada
Environment Canada

There is still a Les Suêtes wind warning in effect for Inverness County, Mabou and north, with maximum wind gusts of up to 120 km/h expected until the evening.

The weather conditions are also impacting ferry crossings in the province. The Nova Scotia-New Brunswick ferry is departing from Digby, N.S., an hour early, according to Bay Ferries' website.

Marine Atlantic, which operates ferries to Newfoundland out of North Sydney, N.S., is also expecting all sailings to be impacted on Saturday.