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Arctic Blast to Bring Record-Setting Cold Starting Friday

Arctic Blast to Bring Record-Setting Cold Starting Friday

Saturday marked the second consecutive day of record-breaking cold for the Boston area. "The last time it got so cold was in 1901 when it was 24 [degrees]", said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

In other words, middle autumn will play deep January for a day today.

Arctic air is in place today and for most of Saturday.

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This morning's new record low was 3° colder than the previous record.

Johnson said new record lows for November 11 were also set this morning in Newark (24 degrees) and Allentown (18 degrees), and tied in Reading, Pa. (18 degrees).

On Friday, the arctic blast brought freezing mark early Friday evening with temperatures dropping to 26 degrees in Central Park, shattering a 103-year-old record of 27 degrees. In Philadelphia, the record of 21 degrees still appears to have gone unbroken. That would eclipse the coldest Veterans Day on record - 19 degrees, set in 1957.

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They'll rebound closer to normal on Sunday with a 40 percent chance of showers and a high of 42 degrees.

Temperatures will remain well below average throughout the weekend, Root said, only reaching the mid-40s on Saturday and Sunday. And those warmer temperatures are forecast to continue through the rest of the week. There is a slight chance of showers between midnight and 4 a.m. on Wednesday, although less than one-tenth of an inch of rain is expected to fall. A light southerly breeze is forecast.

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