Homeless people stay overnight at warming center operated by the Cumberland County Code Blue Coalition at Bethany Grace Community Church in Bridgeton Thursday Dec 15, 2016. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)

Edward Lea

The Atlantic County Office of Emergency Preparedness has extended the Code Blue Alert through next week.

Temperatures will stay below freezing with wind chill temperatures of zero degrees or less for a period of two or more hours, forecasters say.

South Jersey on Tuesday saw record-breaking cold temperatures. A sunny sky prevails with a high of only 24 and a low of 9. Wind chill values will be very unforgiving, sinking to -6 throughout the day and night. The sensation of negative temperatures is astonishingly harsh, and caution must be taken during any time spent outside.

Code Blue is issued to warn of increased risk for injuries due to cold weather or even death for anyone exposed to low temperatures.

Code blue has been extended in Atlantic County until Jan. 8, according to a statement issued Tuesday by Atlantic County.

This is the second time that the alert has been extended. It was first issued Dec. 25-30 and and was extended through Jan. 3.

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