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Back to work: Commuters face bitter, almost record-breaking cold

NEW YORK — Commuters heading back to work Tuesday are in for a cold one.

Though there will be sunshine, the arctic chill will continue to grip the tri-state area with bitterly cold temperatures.

The frigid temperatures are expected to stay through the week.

Daily highs haven't risen above 32 degrees since Christmas, putting us in record-breaking territory, according to the National Weather Service.

There's a chance that the area could approach the record for most consecutive days with max temperatures being below freezing, the agency said.

At the top of that record is a stretch of 16 freezing-cold days in 1961.

Doctors are warning people who stay out for long periods of time to be careful, as they risk hypothermia and frostbite.

How can you stay careful? Dress in layers and stay inside as much as possible. Those who have to be outdoors, they’re advised to take warm-up breaks when they can.

And of course, keep your pets indoors.