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Providence and Portland, Maine, set low temperature records; Hartford and Worcester near records amid freezing weather

A blast of cold air brought below freezing temperatures to parts of New England early Thursday morning.Gillian Jones

Amid a blast of freezing weather, Providence and Portland, Maine, set low temperature records on Thursday, while Hartford and Worcester almost did, forecasters said.

Providence dropped to 33 degrees, breaking the old record of 35 from 1983, according to the National Weather Service. At 30 degrees, Portland broke the record of 31 from 1981. Hartford tied its previous record low of 31 degrees, last reached in 1984, the agency said on Twitter.

Worcester hovered just 1 degree above its record low of 33, according to NWS meteorologist Andy Nash. Boston dropped to 42 degrees, but that was well above the record, Nash said.

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Meteorologists also recorded temperatures in the 20s across the state, from 23 degrees in Deerfield to 25 in West Townsend and 27 in Methuen, according to the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Twitter acount.

The Weather Service had issued a freeze warning that expired at 7 a.m. Thursday. No extreme weather is expected in the coming days, Nash said.

“There’s a little bit of up and down, but certainly for the next seven days there’s no major heat and there’s no very cold conditions,” Nash said.


Kate Armanini can be reached at kate.armanini@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @KateArmanini.