With potentially record-setting cold temperatures coming our way this Valentine’s Day Weekend, Mayor de Blasio is advising New Yorkers to limit their time outside as much as possible.
“This is really abnormal, and these are dangerous conditions. So, we’re asking everyone to change their habits, really think carefully about what they’re doing in these circumstances,” de Blasio said in a statement last night.”We want to say to all New Yorkers when you go out in the coming days, please go out for only as little as possible. Do not prolong your time outside. Go out with multiple layers of clothing. Avoid exposed skin for as maximum time as possible. Wear a hat, wear a hood, and wear a scarf. Do all you can to protect yourself.”
The city will also be activating a Cold Blue from tonight through Sunday in an effort to get as many homeless people as possible off the streets.
The brutal cold over the next few days is a result of the Polar Vortex sending frigid air our way, and will create in the coldest weather of the season. Temperatures are expected to stay in the 20s through tomorrow, with wind chills in the single digits. Saturday morning wind chills will be as low as five below zero, and Sunday morning could be as cold as zero degrees before wind chill. With wind chill factored in, the temperatures could be as low as 23 degrees below zero Sunday morning
There is a light at the end of the freezing tunnel, however. Early next week, temperatures should return to normal at about 40 degrees.