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Looks like it’ll be 12° for Times Sq. NYE

- By NATALIE MUSUMECI nmusumeci@nypost.com

Times Square is going to feel more like Red Square on New Year’s Eve, with temperatur­es expected to plunge severely by the time the ball drops.

The early forecast for Sunday night is 12 degrees, with a fierce wind chill of about 2.

“It could even be a little colder than that,” AccuWeathe­r senior meteorolog­ist Dave Dombek told The Post Tuesday.

New Year’s Day will also be frigid, meaning Coney Island Polar Bear Club members who take a dip in the ocean will do so with a high near 23 degrees. The low Monday will be about 11.

The normal high for New Year’s Eve is 39 degrees and the normal low is 28, Dombek said.

The last time New York City saw the ball drop in weather this cold was nearly 20 years ago, when the temperatur­e plunged to 11 degrees in the early-morning hours as 1998 turned to 1999.

And, according to Dombek, “this year could beat that,” so the estimated 1 million Times Square revelers who will celebrate at the stroke of midnight had better bundle up.

Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins says he doesn’t expect the tundra-like weather to keep merrymaker­s away from the annual megaparty at the Crossroads of the World.

“Hundreds of thousands have withstood very cold weather over the years for a once-in-alifetime experience. This year will be no different . . . Add an extra layer to take care of your body. We’ll warm your spirit and heat up the party,” Tompkins said.

Despite the icy forecast for New Year’s Eve, it won’t approach the city record for that day — 1 degree in 1917.

The days leading up to the holiday won’t be much better.

“Cold is the word. It’s cold now and it’s going to stay cold through the rest of the week,” Dombek said. “The cold is going to be locked in at least through the 3rd, 4th and maybe 5th of January.”

The forecast low temperatur­e for Wednesday and Thursday is 10 degrees. Friday’s low will be 13, and Saturday’s will be 12 — with a 30 percent chance of snow.

The city’s Department of Homeless Services issued a Code Blue starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday to get the homeless off the streets.

But no matter how cold it gets here in New York, it’s nothing compared with Erie, Pa. — where residents were walloped with nearly 60 inches of snow to set a record over a very white Christmas.

Snow began falling in Erie at about 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and did not relent until 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to AccuWeathe­r.

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Sure, New Yorkers will be freezing their buns off well into the new year, but they can take vicarious pleasure in seeing red-hot Hailee Steinfeld basking in the sun-drenched ocean off Maui on her holiday break. The foot bandages? Maybe tight shoes take...
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