South Jersey started the New Year with nearly record low temperatures Monday, canceling ocean plunges and other festivities across the region, and the cold isn’t expected to let up anytime soon.

Although the sun was shining all day, the region remained frozen, Press meteorologist Joe Martucci said. Monday was on track to be the coldest Jan. 1 since 1968, when the last record low was set at 5 degrees, but bottomed out at 6 degrees at Atlantic City International Airport.

“We won’t know if we officially broke the record minimum high temperature until tomorrow, but it’s 20 degrees now. I have to imagine that we’re not going to go much higher,” Martucci said.

The record is 24, set in 1977, he said.

Two ocean plunges took place in Atlantic City, but Ocean City and Ventnor canceled their events while Brigantine and Margate postponed theirs. Ocean City also canceled its 5K run for Monday due to the cold.

Martucci said even the bright sunshine won’t bring temperatures above freezing Tuesday.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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