Yes, it’s frigid outside. It’s New England, and it's winter. But this week’s cold weather is breaking records. The National Weather Service confirmed that a 14-degree high on Thursday broke the previous record cold temperature, set in 1976.
As a blast of arctic air continued to ice the Northeast Friday, temperatures had not climbed above freezing for days in many parts of Rhode Island and the South Coast of Massachusetts.
On Thursday, temperatures were among coldest ever recorded in Rhode Island, according to National Weather Service meteorologist William Babcock.
“The high temperature was 14 degrees at T.F. Green airport. That is the record cold, high temperature, and it not just broke the old record, it shattered it,” said Babcock. “Previously on December the 28th, the coldest high temperature was 21 degrees, and that occurred back in 1976. So we broke that by seven degrees, not bad.”
Meteorologists predicted a relatively balmy 30-degree high for the weekend, but temperatures are expected to dip again for the start of the New Year.