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City issues cold weather advisory as temperatures dip

Posted by Jesse Nunes  January 23, 2011 07:52 PM

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In case you didn't know, it's really cold outside, and getting colder by the minute.

The city of Boston would like to remind you as well, and has issued a cold weather advisory this evening, as temperatures are expected to hit lows not seen in years. The National Weather Service has also issued a wind chill advisory, with wind chill temperatures expected to reach between 15 and 25 degrees below zero.

"We are very concerned about this cold weather and have had city teams out all weekend monitoring the situation and keeping our residents safe," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino in a statement. "We will continue to work together to make sure everyone stays safe and warm, especially our young people as they head to school in the morning."

The mayor also urged city residents to check on those who may need assistance, such as the elderly, disabled, and homeless. He also reminded residents to use caution when using space heaters.

The Globe reported earlier that Mayor Menino was also preparing to have extra staff ready to respond to "no heat" calls from tenants whose landlords do not provide adequate heat. The mayor's hotline is 617-635-4500.

The freezing cold can also take its toll on your pets. Watch the NECN video below for some tips on keeping your furry friends safe as the mercury plummets.

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