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Record cold temperatures reported in Worcester, Hartford, and Providence

A fan bundled up against the cold to watch Swampscott take on Marblehead in their annual Thanksgiving Day football matchup.
A fan bundled up against the cold to watch Swampscott take on Marblehead in their annual Thanksgiving Day football matchup. (John Blanding/Globe Staff)

New record-low temperatures were set Friday morning in Worcester, Hartford, and Providence, according to the National Weather Service.

The mercury dipped to 7 degrees in Worcester, which broke the old record of 9 degrees set in 1989. It was 5 degrees in Hartford, which broke the previous record of 12 set in 1972, and in Providence it was 13 degrees, which broke the record of 14 set in 1972, the weather service said in a tweet.

Even colder temperatures were reported in areas of New Hampshire and Maine on Friday morning. As of 6 a.m. Friday, it was 9 degrees below zero in Whitefield, N.H., and atop Mount Washington, negative 6 degrees in Fryeburg, Maine, and negative 2 degrees in Keene, N.H., the weather service tweeted.

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The blast of arctic air brought bitterly cold weather to New England on Thursday and broke several records, as it was the coldest Thanksgiving on record in Hartford, Worcester, and Portland, Maine.

The national low temperature reported Thursday was negative 26 degrees on Mount Washington (while the national high was 83 degrees, as reported from Pembroke Pines and Pompano Beach, Fla.), according to the National Weather Service website.

Hitting minus 26 degrees Thursday set a record for Mount Washington, and the hurricane-force winds there made wind chills plunge to as low as 75 degrees below zero.

Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the weather service, said temperatures in Boston were colder than in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday.

But relief from the bitter cold is on the way, as forecasters say high pressure moving off the coast will allow temperatures to moderate and get closer to normal for this time of year.

“We’ll be back into the 40s by Saturday, and mid- to upper 40s by Sunday,” Dunham said.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.

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