US records set to be broken by freezing weather

A DEEP freeze expected in the US Midwest, north-eastern New England states and even the South will be one to remember, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia.

It has not been this cold for decades – 20 years in Washington DC, 18 years in Milwaukee and 15 in Missouri. Weather Bell meteorologist Ryan Maue said: “If you’re under 40 you’ve not seen this stuff before.”

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Preceded by snow in much of the Midwest, the frigid air is expected to last into this week. It is being blamed on a “polar vortex” as one meteorologist calls it, a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air.