On Monday, the New Hampshire Department of Health announced that the state’s COVID-19 would be closed due to cold weather. The sites are Claremont, Manchester, Newington and Nashua. The announcement is reflected in several other northeastern states due to temperatures closing schools.
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According to weather experts, temperatures in the Northeast can be as high as 40 degrees Fahrenheit. These very low temperatures have prompted authorities to order the schools to be temporarily closed while the situation is monitored.
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The Boston Public Schools system announced it would close all schools beginning Tuesday. As the largest school system in Massachusetts, its predictions mean that thousands of students will be out of school. Reports indicate that the city’s highest temperature will be 12 degrees F, and the cold wind will be 8 degrees F.
According to the National Weather Service forecast, New York City will also experience sub-zero temperatures. Meanwhile, Massachusetts may have low temperatures of 15 degrees F in some areas. This extreme cold could endanger the children who go to school, hence the closure of the school.
Other regions that are expected to experience extreme cold are New England, where forecasts suggest that temperatures could reach as low as 40 degrees F in some areas. New Hampshire and Vermont can also have sub-zero temperatures.
Experts also say that these very low temperatures can cause frostbite. Freezing can occur within 30 minutes. As people struggle to keep warm, heating costs are rising. Central Maine Power has asked customers to remove the windows and open the curtains to let in the heat of the sun. In areas like Boston, community centers have been opened to provide a place to warm up for those in need.
According to a forecast by the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to rise to more comfortable levels by Thursday.
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