Bitter, unseasonable cold continues to blast most of New Mexico this week.
Thursday morning in Albuquerque is expected to have a record low temperature of 19 degrees. It will feel like 11 degrees with the wind chill. The current record low for Oct. 31 in the city is 21.
According to the National Weather Service, locations from Albuquerque southward, including east central and southeast New Mexico, “have not seen temperatures this cold since February.”
Thursday afternoon will be sunny with a high of 51 in Albuquerque, but Halloween night will cool back down to 23 degrees.
New Mexicans blasting their heaters or fireplaces to escape the cold should replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors that can expose faulty heating systems.
Albuquerque will warm up slightly for the weekend. Friday’s lows will be in the mid-20s, with a high of 62, which is still below average for early November in the city.
The National Weather Service advises residents to cope with sub-freezing temperatures by bringing pets inside at night, protecting pipes and dressing in warm layers.