If you're planning on doing New Year's Eve in Times Square, dress warmly.
New Year's Eve celebrations around the globe are approaching fast but, for those who are planning on partying somewhere on the East Coast of the United States, prepare for frigid temperatures. Arctic air has made its way south for the last few days of 2017 and, if you live in New York City, this year's festivities could be one of the coldest ever in the city's history.
According to WABC, anyone who has made the trek (or will soon be doing so) for the Times Square shenanigans that have become a world-renowned tradition, you're going to want to pack some extra layers. The forecast, as confirmed by AccuWeather, is calling for temperatures that should sink to the low teens and, with windchill, could drop below zero by the time midnight rolls around. Freezing conditions like this haven't been seen in quite some time in NYC and could make New Year's Eve one of the coldest ever recorded in the Big Apple.
Below are the current record holders for the lowest temperatures felt in New York on December 31st:
1. 1917 (1 degree)
2. 1962 (11 degrees)
3. 1976 and 1996 (15 degrees)
4. 1997 (17 degrees)
5. 1939 and 2008 (18 degrees)
The records that include windchill have some overlap with the above list as well:
1. 1997 (4 to -21 degrees -- includes gust)
2. 1917 (-18 degrees)
3. 1962 (-17 degrees)
4. 1976 (-14 degrees)
5. 1996 (-1 to -14 degrees -- includes gust)
Bottom line: even if you're not standing outside in Times Square waiting for the big ball to drop, make sure you dress warm enough if you're planning on venturing outdoors for any reason at all. Just like the Wu-Tang Clan, weather this cold ain't nuthin' to f**k with.