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NYC temperatures near 127-year-old record low; snowstorm likely for overnight into Tuesday


NEW YORK — Temperatures in New York City came close to breaking a 127-year-old record low Monday before rising into the double digits as a cold wave blamed on arctic air threatened to persist through the week.

Jeffrey Tongue, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the temperature in Central Park hit 3 degrees at 7 a.m. Monday, 2 degrees above the 1-degree record set in 1888. By noon, temperatures had risen to 15 degrees, though the wind chill made it feel as though it were still in the single digits. The daylong freeze contrasted with the record high of 71 in 1954.

Under sunny skies, people were making the best of it.

"We just came from Ireland, and we're frozen," said Lizzie Lovell, making her first trip to America with her friend Rachel Deasy.

Standing in single-digit temperatures outside Macy's in the morning, Lovell said the women were having a "fabulous time."

"We've got so many clothes on, we can't bend down," she said. "On a lifelong holiday, we're going to die in the cold."

Sharon Soltesnmarley, of Hamilton, Canada, called it a "gorgeous day," though she quickly added: "As long as you're dressed for it."

Jevon Squires, 20, who works at Macy's, was less forgiving.

"It's horrible. I'm ready for it to leave," he said.

Tongue, based in the weather service's Upton office, said freezing temperatures were likely to last through the week.

He said those returning to work Tuesday after the holiday weekend would be greeted by 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight. The Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert for Tuesday as it loaded salt spreaders and prepared plows for a slick morning commute.

City residents were encouraged to stay aware of weather updates by visiting the city's severe-weather website or by calling 311.

Single-digit temperatures were again likely Thursday and Friday, with lows near zero at night and highs only reaching the teens, he said.

"We're seeing this weather because of a dip in the Jetstream," he said.

As the temperatures drop, resident complaints to the city about poor heat have risen to nearly double their usual number.

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