New York City’s iconic Central Park had its first above-freezing temperature reading at 4 a.m. Tuesday, breaking a 347-hour streak of below-freezing temperatures.
Central Park’s temperature was 33 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service reported. Temperatures at the park had been at or below freezing, 32 degrees, since Dec. 25.
The 4 AM temperature at Central Park is 33 degrees. That makes it the first time the temperature has been above freezing since 5 PM December 25, 2017, a string of 347 hours!
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) January 9, 2018
The eastern U.S. has been in a deep freeze since Christmas, culminating in the coldest start to the new year in many places around the country. The week centered on New Year’s Eve was among the top five coldest on record for most of the East Coast.
Now, a slight “thaw” is on the way. Forecasters expect temperatures to rise through Friday before coming back down a bit over the weekend.
The #thaw begins today for much of the coastal Northeast as temps warm above freezing for the first time since Christmas Eve in many places. Swiss HD high temp forecast: https://t.co/rhCxoR15Ye click the map to zoom in to county level for even more detail! #wetter pic.twitter.com/Za9PAxoAST
— Weather.us – Home of free ECMWF/Euro model (@WeatherdotUS) January 9, 2018
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