National Weather Service: Warmer air returns after arctic blast

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The temperature should return to normal Wednesday after arctic air flowed into the region Tuesday, delivering "dangerously cold conditions," according to the National Weather Service.

But another spell of cold air is on the way for this weekend, the Weather Service says.

The arctic cold will continue into Wednesday morning, but southwest winds will moderate the temperature to near normal as the day progresses, according to the Weather Service. The high in Providence should reach about 39 degrees Wednesday.

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That will feel balmy compared to Tuesday's afternoon temperatures, which reached only the mid teens in Providence — and about zero considering the wind chill.

The cold wind chills "could result in hypothermia if you are not careful so please be sure to limit outdoor exposure and bundle up if spending time outside," the Weather Service said in a tweet. "Also, don't forget your pets."

With arctic air in the region, a northwest wind will make the temperature feel like it's below zero in much of Southern New England, according to the National Weather Service.
With arctic air in the region, a northwest wind will make the temperature feel like it's below zero in much of Southern New England, according to the National Weather Service.

Still, Tuesday's temperature was several degrees above the record cold high temperature for the date: 10 degrees in 1982.

The temperature was expected to drop to single digits overnight Tuesday, but at least the wind was forecast to settle down, according to the Weather Service.

After highs of 43 and 34 degrees on Thursday and Friday, the temperature in Providence should plummet to about 7 degrees Friday night, the Weather Service says. It should reach only about 19 on Saturday under mostly sunny skies.

Tuesday's temperature marked the coldest air of the season. Through the first 10 days, January was 2.3 degrees warmer than normal, with an average temperature of 33.4 degrees, according to the Weather Service.

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This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: After a break, another blast of cold will hit RI

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