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'Bundle Up,' City Warns Ahead of Arctic Blast Thursday And Friday

By Ben Fractenberg | December 14, 2016 3:43pm
 A couple walk through Midtown during a cold, mid-winter day, Jan. 21, 2016.
A couple walk through Midtown during a cold, mid-winter day, Jan. 21, 2016.
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MIDTOWN — Officials are warning to people to bundle up with a blast of arctic air expected to hit the city Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures are expected to hover in the mid-20s both days with lows at night feeling about zero with the wind chill, according to the city's Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.

“New York City is expecting the coldest temperatures and lowest wind chills of the season on Thursday and Friday,” OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito said.

“These temperatures will be dangerous for New Yorkers. During this blast of arctic cold, stay indoors, and if you have to go out, bundle up. Remember to check in on your family, neighbors, the elderly, or others with increased health risks to make sure they are protected from the extreme cold.”

Temperatures are expected to rise just into the mid-20s Thursday with winds between 25 to 30 mph. Nighttime lows will dip down into the teens, with the wind chill making it feel as low as zero.

Friday’s high will remain in the 20s with slightly less wind.

Wind chills at night will make it feel in the single digits.

Aside from staying indoors and checking on the elderly, New Yorkers are advised to wear dry, warm clothing and cover exposed skin — especially fingertips, earlobes and noses.

Avoid drinking alcohol if you will be outside for an extended period of time, which makes you feel warmer but increases your chances for hypothermia or frostbite.

If you or someone around you is potentially suffering from frostbite or hypothermia call 911.

The city also asked construction sites to secure their cranes and equipment because of the high winds. 

The Department of Buildings will perform random spot-check inspections on Thursday, the agency said in a statement. 

Highs are expected to reach back into the mid-40s on Saturday and into the 50s on Sunday.