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Millions of Americans to experience coldest Thanksgiving in more than a century

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Millions of people across the country are expected to experience the coldest Thanksgiving in more than a century.

NBC News reported Wednesday that temperatures are expected to hit a high of just 29 degrees in Philadelphia on Thursday, while New York and Boston are expected to see temperatures of 26 and 21 degrees, respectively.

According to the outlet, New York experienced its coldest Thanksgiving on record on Nov. 30, 1871, when temperatures dipped to 22 degrees.

Boston experienced its coldest recorded Thanksgiving in 1873, NBC noted, when temperatures fell to 19 degrees. Philadelphia’s lowest high on Thanksgiving occurred in 1901 when temperatures reached only 28 degrees. 

{mosads}New York City is also expected to face winds of 15 to 25 mph on Turkey Day. The weather forecast could pose issues for the city’s annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The winds might ground 16 giant balloons in the parade, according to NBC.

“We saw it was going to be very cold and went and got long johns and everything before we came,” Sarah Polson, a tourist who is visiting the city from South Carolina for the parade, told NBC New York. “I hope we’re ready.” 

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) said Wednesday that he is worried some locals will not realize how cold it will be on Thanksgiving. 

“I’m a little concerned about it, because I don’t think people realize. … It’s Thanksgiving, so everyone knows it’s going to be cold, but no one realizes it’s going to be that cold,” Walsh told NBC News.

“We kind of think of the weather we’re getting tomorrow more [is] like January weather than November weather.”

“So we’re asking people if you go to a football game, dress appropriately. Layer,” Walsh continued. “Make sure you cover your face. Make sure you cover your hands. Just be careful when you’re out there.”


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