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Record temperatures, high winds, heavy rain for N.B

By Tara Clow Dec 19, 2023 | 1:34 PM

Not much hope of a white Christmas for the province.

Instead, New Brunswick dealt with a storm system that included high winds and heavy rain.

Environment Canada Meteorologist Jill Maepea says the most recent also came with record-setting temperatures.

“Every site we have in the province broke daily records for December 18, except Moncton. It was 0.1 degree shy of the record. It only managed to reach 14.3 degrees and the old record was 14.4 degrees. The highest temperature was Charlo at 17.2 degrees.”

New Brunswickers also had to pull out rubber boots and umbrellas instead of snow boots and mittens.

“The highest amount of rain was in the coastal Charlotte County area, with reports of 80 millimetres. That was the most that fell in the province. St. Stephen saw 65 millimetres and then Moncton saw 37. Saint John and down towards the western coastal Bay of Fundy didn’t see all that much. They recorded 17 millimetres,” Maepea adds.

High winds caused a lot of damage in the way of downed trees and power lines.

The strongest gusts were recorded at Point Lepreau and the Fredericton Airport

St. Stephen and Saint John recorded winds gusts of 93 kilometres and Moncton at 89 kilometres per hour.

“We have some additional information from Grand Manan, where we had a report of 115 kilometres per hour on the island,” Maepea says.