New Year’s Eve weather: New York braces for ‘coldest Times Square ball drop ON RECORD’

Sunday, December 31, 2017
By Paul Martin

REVELLERS in New York have been warned to wrap up and warm and avoid getting too merry as thousands prepare to head to Times Square for what could be one of the coldest New Year’s Eve ball drops on record.

Sun, Dec 31, 2017

It is expected to be around 11 degrees (-11 Celsius) in Times Square when the clock strikes midnight, with a wind chill of around -4 degrees.

Should the forecasts be correct when New York welcomes the new year, it would be the second-coldest Times Square ball drop since records began, tying with the temperature recorded in 1962.

The coldest New Year’s Eve in Times Square came in 1917, when it was 1 degree (-17 Celsius) at midnight.

Thousands are still expected to turn out to see the famous New Year’s Eve ball drop and Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance which puts on the event, isn’t concerned about the weather.

He said: “Hundreds of thousands have withstood very cold weather over the years for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we expect this year to be no different.”

City and state health officials have urged people to cover all exposed skin and avoid drinking alcohol, because it causes the body to lose heat faster.

There will be additional emergency services personnel on hand to offer medical support while a National Weather Service meteorologist will be on site with the city’s emergency management officials to monitor weather conditions.

Mariah Carey is set to perform in Times Square as 2018 rolls around, just a year after she suffered a nightmare on the same stage.

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