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Temperatures chillin’ in the teens, 20s, but no records

By Sean Teehan
Globe Correspondent / January 31, 2010

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Michael Conlin, a doorman at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Copley Square felt the Arctic-like wind chills firsthand outside the hotel doors this weekend.

“The wind was vicious,’’ he said yesterday. “We have the heat lamps here, but when the wind is blowing, there’s nothing you can do about it.’’

Although temperatures across the state were expected to remain well below freezing, the northwest winds have slowed from the bone-chilling 20- to 30-mile-per-hour gusts experienced Friday, said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.

Dunham said temperatures and wind chill factors Friday and yesterday were among the coldest this winter, but temperatures haven’t dropped to the record lows - 6 below zero in 1888 and 5 below zero in 1873, respectively.

In Falmouth, it was frigid enough to cause a major pipe to burst at an elderly housing complex. The accident, which occurred in the attic of the Harborview Apartment Complex, displaced residents in about 20 units, said Falmouth Fire Lieutenant Timothy Smith.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the teens to mid-20s today with winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour resulting in wind chills dropping to zero.

Although temperatures across the state were expected to remain well below freezing, the northwest winds have slowed from the bone-chilling 20 to 30 miles per hour gusts experienced Friday, said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Taunton.

The frosty weather was enough to keep Boston University freshman Michelle Gattenio and three of her sorority sisters ducking the cold as much as possible.

“We took a $3 cab ride’’ rather than walking down Commonwealth Avenue on Friday, she said yesterday in Copley Square.

Dunham recommends taking proper precautions while going out into the cold.

“When you’re dealing with these temps you want to make sure to wear layered clothing,’’ he said.

A warm-up is expected tomorrow, with temperatures rising to 30 in the afternoon in Boston.

But for Ashley Collin, 22, of the North End, the cold made a woeful contrast to the near springlike weather of a couple of weeks ago.

“Two Saturdays ago I was out in capris and sneakers,’’ she lamented.