Northeast temperatures soar a day after bone-numbing cold


Temperatures in many areas of the northeastern US rose to the mid-40s Fahrenheit on Sunday, a day after the region suffered temperatures that plummeted to the negative 10s and felt like -45 to -50 degrees with wind chill.

At the top of 6,288-foot Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the temperature rose to a relatively mild 18 degrees (8 Celsius) a day after the actual temperature. chopped to minus 47 F (minus 44 C) and wind chill was measured in excess of minus 108 degrees.

There was some collateral damage from the extreme cold and high winds.

Boston Medical Center closed its emergency department after a pipe froze and burst Saturday night. It is expected to remain closed until Tuesday.

“All patients in the affected areas of the Emergency Department have been safely transferred to other areas of the hospital,” the center said in a tweet.

A Providence, Rhode Island, gun shop used as a heating center had some of its windows broken by high winds Friday through Saturday, but repairs were soon completed.

No one at the Cranston Street Armory was ever in danger, Matthew Sheaff, a spokesman for Gov. Dan McKee, said in an email Sunday. People just moved into other rooms, he said.

Boston’s Boch Center Wang Theater was forced to cancel two sold-out shows by the Impractical Jokers when an irrigation pipe in the boiler room burst around 5 p.m. Saturday, the theater said on social media.

The building was evacuated and shows canceled when the fire department and theater management determined that the system could not be quickly repaired. The shows were rescheduled for the end of April.

James «Murr» Murray of the Impractical Jokers posted his own apology on Twitter.

“To all of our Boston fans, I am so sorry to hear about tonight. We were five minutes into showtime, with a packed theater, at the first show tonight, and the pipes burst from the Boston cold and flooded the entire basement of the theater,” he said in a short video.

Above-average temperatures Sunday in the region were expected to hold for a while, said Bob Oravec, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland.

“We are having a much smoother flow in much of the country and we expect temperatures to be above average over the next week in much of the country, especially in the Northeast,” Oravec said.

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