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The coldest weather of the new year is here. After wind chills dropped to single digits Sunday night, they were forecast to remain in the teens or lower Monday.

Temperatures were forecast to settle around 20 degrees by early morning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Highs were forecast to be around 36 degrees later Monday, and lows were forecast to drop to around 20 degrees again early Tuesday morning. Areas with higher elevation will likely experience colder air temperatures.

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The forecast prompted Baltimore Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa to issue a “Code Blue” extreme cold declaration for Sunday night through Tuesday morning. Dzirasa urged residents to check on vulnerable relatives and neighbors and to keep pets sheltered.

She urged those without heat or power to contact 311 for assistance, or to contact their nearest Community Action Partnership Center:

  • Northern CAP Center (5225 York Road, 21212) – 410-396-6084
  • Northwest CAP Center (3939 Reisterstown Road, 21215) – 443-984-1384
  • Southern CAP Center (606 Cherry Hill Road, 21225) – 410-545-0900
  • Southeast CAP Center (3411 Bank St., 21224) – 410-545-6518
  • Eastern CAP Center (1731 E. Chase St., 21213) – 410-545-0136

The cold comes as average temperatures have surged 10 degrees above normal so far in January at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Arctic air will help balance that out, though the conditions are only about 5-10 degrees colder than average for this time of year in Baltimore. Temperatures are forecast to remain at or below normal but gradually moderate the rest of the week.

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