Hey everyone! If you’re in New York right now, I hope you’re in a safe and warm place! Today we woke up to the coldest day in the city since 1896. How crazy is that?! I knew it would be cold today, and I wasn’t looking forward to leave my apartment this morning.

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The temperature was 4 Fahrenheit degrees, or -16 Celsius degrees. That temperature reminded me of the winter days back when I lived in Tallinn, Estonia. I certainly wasn’t designed for this weather, since I felt like someone was stabbing my face the minute I stepped out. The worse part was walking through Union Square, because the wind was blowing right against me. I heard in the news that bear skin would freeze in about 30 minutes in this temperature. My walk is about 20 minutes, so I guess my face was halfway to becoming a popsicle.

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For those thinking about coming to the city in winter, imagine waking up to read this on the news:

NEW YORK CITY — New Yorkers were urged to stay indoors and bundle up as arctic air froze the city, sending temperatures to near record lows Tuesday morning.

City agencies were coordinating cold weather efforts including putting emergency staff on standby, advising citizens on how to handle the cold and suspending alternate side parking, officials said.

The mercury had reached only 4 degrees by the morning commute – beating the coldest Jan 7 on record which was in 1896, according to a National Weater Service spokesman. The temperature that day was 6 degrees. (Read the whole article here huffingtonpost.com)

Even though cold temperatures are expected, this type of temperatures will impact daily life in the city regardless of how used New Yorkers are to it. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Authorities and my mother advise to wear layers. You don’t want to just wear an excessively thick and warm sweater that you can’t take off, because your office, school, or wherever you are going might be too warm for that. Layering is key, since it will keep you warm while you’re outside and you can take layers off when indoors in heated places.
  • Transport is likely to run slower. It is a good idea to check the news about traffic and public transportation, since there can be all sorts of problems, from slippery ice to signal problems.

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  • Try to stay in as much as possible. This might seem obvious, but many people don’t take it seriously. There’s a reason why authorities advise to stay in. When you step out of a warm place, it takes a little while to really feel the cold temperature and the first minutes may make you think you can walk somewhere further than you really should.  Of course, we still need to get to work or school, but if you can go to the post office tomorrow, don’t do it today.
  • Check out for friends and family who might be more sensitive to these temperatures. Seniors and children are at most risk in days like this. Try to check out for loved ones that might be on their own to make sure they’re safe.

Now it’s time for my warm soup and dinner… I hope you’re all warm and safe! Thanks for reading and see you soon!

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About José Navarro

I grew up in Barcelona, Spain. I moved to New York City to get my BBA in International Business at Berkeley College after studying Advertising and Public Relations in my country and in Tallinn, Estonia. I love traveling; it's my biggest passion. I like learning about new cultures and traditions. I consider myself to be a very positive and active person.

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