The northeastern United States and New England were hit by the coldest "Polar vortex" in decades on the 3rd.

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(European News Agency)

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] On the 3rd, the northeastern United States and New England were hit by the coldest "Polar vortex" (Polar vortex) in decades. The temperature in many places hit a new low, and more than 16 million people received official " Wind Chill Warning.

The U.S. National Weather Service warned that the cold snap will continue until local Saturday, and the temperature may drop to life-threatening levels; meteorologists also pointed out that under the wind chill effect, the wind chill index (body temperature) may drop to minus 79 degrees Celsius.

According to comprehensive foreign media reports, the National Weather Service pointed out that "this wind chill has not been seen in northern and eastern Maine since similar outbreaks in 1982 and 1988." As a result, most parts of Maine set the lowest record since 1971, and the temperature plummeted to minus 40 degrees Celsius; while Mount Washington in New Hampshire also recorded a low temperature of minus 46 degrees Celsius, under the continuous wind speed of 90 miles per hour. , The wind chill index even dropped to minus 79 degrees Celsius, "people will suffer from frostbite as long as they are outdoors for 10 minutes."

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As of now, local governments have issued wind chill warnings for most of New York State, as well as Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, and about 16 million people are expected to be affected; and In Boston and Worcester, New England, both announced the suspension of classes on Friday to prevent school children from frostbite while walking outdoors, commuting or going to school, and the mayor of Boston stepped up and declared a state of emergency for the city.

According to another report, most parts of Canada were also affected by the cold snap. The temperature in Montreal and Quebec City dropped below minus 25 degrees Celsius on the 3rd. Many ski resorts in Quebec City were closed urgently, and all local winter carnival activities were postponed.

The Meteorological Department has also issued extreme cold warnings to many places in eastern Canada, predicting that the local temperature will drop to at least minus 38 degrees Celsius on the 4th, reminding the public to avoid outdoor activities as much as possible.