Amid a blast of freezing weather, Providence and Portland, Maine, set low temperature records on Thursday, while Hartford and Worcester almost did, forecasters said.
Providence dropped to 33 degrees, breaking the old record of 35 from 1983, according to the National Weather Service. At 30 degrees, Portland broke the record of 31 from 1981. Hartford tied its previous record low of 31 degrees, last reached in 1984, the agency said on Twitter.
Worcester hovered just 1 degree above its record low of 33, according to NWS meteorologist Andy Nash. Boston dropped to 42 degrees, but that was well above the record, Nash said.
Meteorologists also recorded temperatures in the 20s across the state, from 23 degrees in Deerfield to 25 in West Townsend and 27 in Methuen, according to the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Twitter acount.
The Weather Service had issued a freeze warning that expired at 7 a.m. Thursday. No extreme weather is expected in the coming days, Nash said.
“There’s a little bit of up and down, but certainly for the next seven days there’s no major heat and there’s no very cold conditions,” Nash said.
It's official -- Daily record low temperature set in Providence RI with 33F. Previous record was 35F from 1983. Hartford CT tied their record for the day (last set in 1984) with a low of 31F at the official observing site at Bradley Int'l Airport. #ctwx #riwx— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) May 18, 2023
The low temperature last night at Portland, ME was 30 degrees. This was the latest Spring freeze since 2002 and the last time it was this cold this late in the Spring was in 1963! #MEwx #NHwx— NWS Gray (@NWSGray) May 18, 2023
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