Northeast temperatures soar a day after bone-numbing cold
BOST0N — Temperatures in many parts of the northeastern United States soared into the mid-40s Fahrenheit on Sunday, a day after the region suffered temperatures that dipped into the negative teens and felt between minus 45 and minus 50 degrees with the wind chill.
At the summit of Mount Washington, 6,288 feet, in New Hampshire, the temperature hit a relatively balmy 18 degrees (8 degrees Celsius) a day after the actual temperature dipped to minus 47 F (minus 44 C) and that wind chill has been measured above minus 108 degrees.
There was 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 from 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 armory used as a warm-up center had some of its windows blown out by high winds Friday through Saturday, but repairs were quickly completed.
No one at Cranston Street Armory has ever been in danger, Matthew Sheaff, spokesman for Gov. Dan McKee, said in an email Sunday. People just moved to other rooms, he said.
Boston’s Boch Center Wang Theater was forced to cancel two sold-out Impractical Jokers shows when a garden hose in the boiler room burst around 5 p.m. Saturday, the theater announced on social media.
The building was evacuated and shows canceled when firefighters and theater management determined that the system could not be repaired quickly. The shows have been postponed to the end of April.
Impractical Jokers’ James “Murr” Murray posted his own apology on Twitter.
“To all of our Boston fans, so sorry for tonight. We were five minutes from showtime, with a full theater, on the first show tonight, and the pipes burst from the cold in Boston and flooded the whole theater basement,” he said in a short video.
Sunday’s above-average temperatures in the region are expected to last for some time, said Bob Oravec, the National Weather Service’s senior forecaster in College Park, Maryland.
“We have a much milder flow across much of the country and we expect temperatures to be above average for the coming week across much of the country, particularly in the northeast,” he said. said Oravec.