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Boston colder than the Arctic Circle?

Posted by Jason Tuohey  January 24, 2011 11:25 AM

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Looking for a warmer place to dream of as you endure the frigid temperatures today? Try the Arctic Circle.

We're serious. The mercury in Boston registered at minus 2 degrees as of 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The temperature in Murmansk, Russia, the largest city within the northernmost ring of the planet known as the Arctic Circle, was a balmy 6 degrees by comparison.

However, for the "glass half full" look at things: It could always be colder. The observatory at the top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, for example, registered temperatures between minus 22 and minus 18 this morning -- and that's before factoring in wind chill, which pushed temps down to more than 50 below zero.

The severe cold won't last in Boston, either. Temperatures are expected to rise to 12 degrees in the city, and return to more normal conditions in the 30s for the rest of the week.

So don't book that trip north just yet -- though, you may want to dream of it this morning.

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