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WEATHER: Thursday, Dec. 21: First day of winter, intense windchill

Mix of cloud and sun today.  ©THE GUARDIAN
Mix of cloud and sun today. ©THE GUARDIAN

Around 12:30 p.m. today, the earth’s axis will stop its slow tilting in one direction, and starting tilting back, making this the shortest time of daylight this year and marking the first official day of winter.

From now on, daylight will start to increase, even if just by a few tenths of a seconds per day.

Weather wise, Environment Canada is predicting a mainly cloudy day with flurries possible in northern parts of the Island and early morning wind chills like it was in the –20s.

Tomorrow is likely to be very much the same.

The Confederation Bridge today is currently under a restriction against high-sided vehicles that might continue through until noon today.

The Charlottetown Airport is showing most flights on time, all except one late tonight. Air Canada 7518 arriving from Toronto just before midnight is showing a 35 minute delay arriving.

A reminder that ferry service for P.E.I. is closed for the season.

On P.E.I. today, early morning temperatures ranged from a high of –6.9 at East Point, to a low of -9.5 in Maple Plains.


    Mainly cloudy with a few flurries possible over northern parts of P.E.I. Amount 2 cm.

    TEMPERATURE: Rising from -10 to -6 by mid-afternoon.

    WIND: West, gusting to 70.


LIVE STREAM of downtown Charlottetown to see weather conditions there, courtesy of the P.E.I. government and The Guild




    Continuing as mainly cloudy with a few flurries possible over northern parts of P.E.I. Amount 2 cm.


    WIND: West, gusting to 60


    Mainly cloudy with a good chance of flurries over northern sections.

    TEMPERATURE: – 6 with temperature falling to –9 in the afternoon.

    WIND:  West gusting to 50, becoming northwest gusting to 40 in the afternoon.


First light – 6:39 a.m.

Civil twilight – 7:17 a.m.

Official Sunrise – 7:52 a.m.

Official Sunset – 4:29 p.m.

Civil twilight ends – 5:03 p.m.

Last light – 5:42 p.m.

Moon – Moonrise today is 10:02 a.m., and moonset is at 7:45 p.m.

The official length of daylight today is 8 hours, 36 minutes.


The highest temperature on record for Dec. 21 on P.E.I. is 14.4 set in 1973.

The lowest temperature on record for this date is -23.1 set in 1980.

For Dec. 21 on P.E.I., the average high is –0.9.

Average low for this date is -9.2.

The hot spot in Canada this morning was at Kindakun Rocks, B.C. where it was 7.2.

The coldest spot anywhere in Canada early this morning was at Eureka, Nunavut where it was –41.2.


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

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