Atlantic City hits a record low temperature; Philly ties a record

Linda A. Sandi of Philadelphia makes her way along 17th Street near Callowhill Street on a cold Sunday morning.

Not since the year Grover Cleveland was first elected president of the United States has it been as cold as it was in Atlantic City on Sunday morning.

New Jersey’s gaming resort reached a new record low of minus-3 degrees Sunday, besting the previous record low of 4 degrees on Jan. 7, 1884, according to Walter Drag, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.

Philadelphia matched its previous record low of 4 degrees, set on Jan. 7, 2014. On Saturday, the city set a record by reaching a high of just 15 degrees. The coldest high temperature for a Jan. 6 before that was 18 degrees in 1942.

A worker for Veolia Energy is enveloped in a cloud of steam at 17th and Wood Streets as he prepares to place the cover over a manhole. The escaping steam was caused by a nearby water main break that also closed the Vine Street Expressway for a few hours Sunday morning. 

Bitter cold over the last two weeks has kept many indoors, but there is hope, weather-weary citizens. At least for a little bit. It is only January, after all.

“Everything gets better after Monday for at least four or five days,” Drag said.

But first, a bit more of the nasty stuff. A little snow and ice is possible late Monday afternoon, which could make the evening commute slippery, Drag said. But by Thursday and Friday, highs are expected to reach reach 45 to 60 degrees, he said.

“There is going to be relief for all the people dealing with frozen pipes,” he said.

Another cold front is not forecasted for several weeks, according to Drag.