I always cringe when Bermudians say they are freezing. I was on a call early this week when a young colleague said just that to someone sat in Boston. Our temperature was twice what it was in Boston, and I could see the snow peaking through his blinds.
But I got to tell you it is proper freezing today. 9.5C on the rock at one point today making it th ecoldest ever recorded for this day. Then with the windy remnants of a huge storm (photo) we had here in midweek, the wind chill takes that down to 4.5C!
The coldest day ever recorded in Bermuda was 6.5C on February 27, 1950.
The temperature here rarely moves over 32C and below 13C but the island has high humidity which makes you feel colder in winter, and hotter in the summer.
We moved into our house last year at the end of February so missed the coldest Bermuda winter weeks. Our house like almost all here has no central heating, and it is bloody old, so I was in the hardware store earlier staring at the very bare heating appliances shelves, but came back with a couple of very ancient looking heaters, which I am sure are no longer sold in the rest of the first world.
The wood fire is on, the heaters are on, the oven is on, and my daughter is walking around in her ski gear, although she was swimming earlier.
Ha ha, my heart bleeds for you! Because we’re surrounded by water (including the Gulf Stream) we don’t get the really low temperatures that some parts of Scotland get, though it’s been -5C this week. What can really bite here however is the wind chill factor. I often see reports of “wild weather” causing devastation down south, with winds up to 70mph, which we’d hardly notice as a gentle breeze in these parts. Everything’s relative!
Ha, ha. I know. I did my time in Chicago though, expected to be -13C there later this week. Would you believe me Shets if I said I actually miss the cold and snow?
I suppose it’s possible to have too much of a good thing but happy to swap locations for a week or two to get you out of that hellish sunshine post-COVID!
It’s global warming mate………………………………..