NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday was a frigid and windblown day in the Tri-State Area, which sparked forest fires, sent debris flying through the streets, and had people gearing up for what they fear is a glimpse of winter weather to come.
While Thanksgiving has yet to arrive, it might as well have been January outside in New York City Sunday.
As of 11 p.m. Sunday, the temperatures certainly were far from the subzero range, but they weren’t Indian summer either – 25 at Central Park; 24 in Babylon; 23 in Belmar, N.J.; and 16 in Monticello, CBS 2 Meteorologist Elise Finch reported.
With wind chills, it felt like 18 degrees in the city, 11 in Babylon, and just 2 degrees in Monticello.
The high reached only 30 at 2:14 p.m. – 21 degrees below average for this date. The low was 23 at 8:23 a.m.
As CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported Sunday night, the conditions just kept getting colder as the sun went down. Plenty of people were bundled up.
“It’s horrible,” said Naish Torres of New Windsor. “It’s my first winter in New York.”
Torres just moved from Puerto Rico – a stark contrast to be sure. But it was a shock even for people used to cold weather.
“I wasn’t expecting this, not at all,” said Gerard Chimento of Belleville, N.J. ”I don’t even have a winter coat yet.”
Chimento was going around in a sweat shirt, which proved insufficient to fight the freeze.
“It was so cold that the heat in my house at 85 degrees was not even good enough,” Chimento said.
Added Najeedah Wilson of Glen Ridge, N.J.: “I’m wearing a big coat to prepare for the winter. I don’t think it’s enough. I need gloves and a hat.”
From the start of the day, New Yorkers were trying their best to stay warm, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.
“Just putting on laser clothes, trying to keep my mind focused on work,” one man in Times Square said. “That’s about all I could do.”