New York’s Chilly Weekend Is Just the Start of Cold Wave

The coldest weather since March is forecast for New York City this weekend.

The latest projected high in Central Park for Nov. 15 is 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 Celsius), the National Weather Service said yesterday.

“It is substantially below normal but not close to any records,” said Tim Morrin, a meteorologist at the agency’s office in Upton, New York.

The low is predicted to be 32, or freezing, which would give the day an average temperature of 36.5, the lowest since March. It’s just a taste of things to come.

A reading in the 40s may not sound terribly cold to those used to weathering frigid Northeastern winters, and it pales in comparison to the minus 34 recorded in Lucerne, Wyoming, today. However, it’s lower than the temperature last February when the Super Bowl was played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“Saturday is a dry day,” said Tom Kines, a meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “It will be partly sunny; it will be one of those days that if you are inside looking out, it will be pretty good. But when you go out, you’ll find out it will be pretty chilly out there.”

On Nov. 16, when the New York Giants host the San Francisco 49ers, there is likely to be a little mist or light rain in the air to go along with temperatures in the mid-40s, Kines said.

Northeast Cold

The chill will spread across the U.S. Northeast: The forecast high in Boston on Nov. 15 is 39, and in Philadelphia and Washington, 44.

Kines said the worst of this week’s bitterly cold air will stay in the central U.S. The forecast for Denver calls for snow on Nov. 15 with a high of 30 and a low of minus-1.

Chicago is predicted to have a high of 35 and low of 29, Minneapolis a high of 24 and low of 9, and St. Louis’s readings will be 36 and 27. All are forecast to get snow.

“There is no significant relief from the cold for those folks any time soon,” Kines said. “There is another reinforcing shot of cold coming down in the weekend and the early stages of next week.”

The East Coast will get another dose of chills next week as well, he said.

“If you want warmth, head to Florida,” Kines said. “They are going to escape the cold, at least for the time being.”

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