WEATHER: Friday, May 19 – showers likely this afternoon, record yesterday

Published on May 19, 2017

Cloudy and showers, then sunny breaks forecast for today.

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One spot on P.E.I. set a record high temperature yesterday, that being Summerside which showed a high of 26.3C

That is higher than the previous record high of 23.9 set in 1963.

All other locations on the Island did not get beyond the record highs of past years for yesterday’s date, but Charlottetown briefly made a stop at 25 around 5 p.m., which is equal to the record for the area, also set in 1963.

Today marks a small astronomical milestone. It is the first time this year that civil twilight begins before 5 a.m.

Weather-wise, for today, there is a slight risk of thundershower mid afternoon. Until then it will be mostly sunny.

The early morning temperatures on P.E.I. this morning ranged been +15.3C at the Charlottetown airport, to 8.3 at North Cape.

The Confederation Bridge is open to all traffic and flowing smoothly now, but has a warning of possible wind restrictions anytime between 10 p.m. tonight, through to 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.

All flights into and out of Charlottetown Airport are forecast to be on time across the FlyPEI board.

A look at the historical records shows that no snow fell on this date, and there was no record of snow on the ground.

            WEATHER TODAY: Environment Canada is predicting there will be a mix of sun and cloud with possibly some showers this morning and early this afternoon. A few showers are much more likely to begin this afternoon as a cold front moves in.

            WIND: Wind becoming southwest this morning then northwest gusting to 50 this afternoon.

            TEMPERATURE: Might reach 23 around 3 p.m., before starting to fall quickly.

            UV INDEX – 7 (high)

TONIGHT’S PREDICTIONS:

            A few showers ending this evening then partly cloudy.

            TEMPERATURE: Maybe 5.

            WIND: Carrying on from the northwest, gusting to 50.

TOMORROW’S FORECAST FOR SATURDAY, MAY 20:

            Mainly cloudy. Clearing near noon.

            TEMPERATURE: Much cooler, with a high near 10.

            WIND: Getting stronger, still from the northwest gusting to 60.

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First light, twilight starts – 4:59 a.m.

Official Sunrise – 5:35 a.m. (One week ago it was 5:43 a.m.)

Official Sunset – 8:43 p.m. (One week ago it was 8:34 p.m.)

Last light, twilight ends – 9:19 p.m.

Moonrise – 2:26 a.m.,  moonset at 1:15 p.m.

The official length of daylight today is 15 hours and 7 minutes.

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The highest temperature on record for May 19 on P.E.I. is +26.4 set in 1986.

The lowest temperature on record for this date is –3.3 set in 1991.

For May 19 on P.E.I. the average high is +14.9

Average low for this date is +4.5.

The hot spot in Canada early this morning was at Lennoxville, Que., where it was +19.2.

The coldest spot this morning nationally was again at Alert, Nunavut where it was –14.6.

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Below is a live-stream camera view courtesy of Confederation Bridge to give a sense of weather conditions at that location.