Despite single digit temperatures and a cold weather advisory issued by the city of Boston, students braved the chill to go about their normal activities on Monday.
Weather.com predicted a high temperature of 10 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 3 F with temperatures falling into the negatives once the wind chill factor was taken into account.
In response, the city of Boston released a cold weather advisory that claimed, “According to some local meteorologists, the next few days may be some of the coldest this region has seen in years.”
“Mayor Thomas M. Menino wants to remind residents to take the necessary precautions in anticipation of the severely cold weather,” the advisory said.
The advisory instructed people to layer their clothing and stay indoors whenever possible in order to avoid injuries from the cold.
“Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs,” the advisory said. “Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Use things like thermal underwear, undershirts, track suits, sweaters, snowsuits, boots, hats, gloves and scarves. Be sure that your outer layer is tightly woven and windproof.”
Despite the low temperatures, students said the weather was not a major deterrent from completing any of their normal daily activities, although they acknowledged that the cold was unusual.
“It definitely felt different today. I bundled up more than normal,” said College of Arts and Sciences freshman Philip Schmiege. “I didn’t hear about any special advisory though.”
College of Engineering sophomore Traci Kent said the temperature was much colder when she went to work at 5:45 a.m.
“It was freezing when I went to work this morning. I don’t think it will affect my plans but I definitely felt it. The wind on your face really stings.”
– Chelsea Feinstein, Executive Editor