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Concord could face record low temperatures Saturday, Nov. 11

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 10. 2017 9:57AM

Parts of New Hampshire could be waking up to record low temperatures the morning of Saturday, Nov. 11, with the coldest thermometer reading in 10 months.

The National Weather Service predicted Concord would hit 6 degrees Saturday morning, breaking the day’s record of 9 set in 1976. Sunday’s predicted low of 9 will approach the record of 7 degrees, also set in 1976.

“This is something more akin to January,” said Chris Legro, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The winter blasts comes after Concord experienced its second warmest October on record dating back to when record keeping started in 1868.

Concord averaged 56.9 degrees, trailing only October 1879’s 57.6 degrees.

The cold, however, shouldn’t stay long, but don’t look for a big warmup either.

“I wouldn’t expect anything like we had in September or October coming back,” Legro said.

Wind chills will make it feel like zero or below over much of the state this morning, he said.

A strong cold front Friday, Nov. 10, produced blustery winds, knocking out power to several thousand people. Effingham, Wakefield and Dover were among the hardest hit.

Parishioner volunteers clean up the leaves at the First Congregational Church on Union Street in Manchester, despite Friday morning's windy conditions. Steve Payne mows and cleans up leaves in front of the church. (BRUCE TAYLOR/UNION LEADER)

Winds gusted to 45 mph in Portsmouth, 44 mph in Concord, 41 mph in Manchester and 38 mph in Laconia.

Today’s forecast calls for temperatures in the 30s south to around 30 north. Highs on Sunday, Nov. 12, will push into the 40s in the southern tier and remain in the 30s in the North Country.

Temperatures will vary quite a bit from north to south this weekend.

In Berlin on Saturday, Nov. 11, the high day temperature should be 29 with wind chills as low as 5 degrees below zero thanks to 5- to 10 mph winds from the northwest. The forecast calls for the mercury to fall to 1 degree Saturday night with calm winds and a high of 35 degrees Sunday.

In Concord, the high Saturday under party cloudy skies should reach 36 degrees with wind chill of 1 below zero. At night, temperatures in Concord will drop to 8 degrees with calm winds and up to 42 degrees on Sunday.

At the border in Nashua, Saturday's high should be 35 degrees with a wind chill of 3 above zero. Overnight, temperatures will drop to a low of 13 with calm winds and on Sunday a high of 42 degrees.

Looking ahead, snow showers are considered likely up north the night of Wednesday, Nov. 15. The precipitation could be snow or rain further south because temperatures will be at or near the freezing mark according to the forecast.

By Thursday, Nov. 16, however, temperatures will flirt with 50 degrees in the most southern regions of the state.

Staff reporter Kevin Landrigan contributed to this report.

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