The Eastern U.S. has experienced winterlike weather this week with temperatures dropping as low to the teens in some areas. However, the cold won't last much longer as warmer air starts to move in starting Thursday.
Cold Weather Took Over Early Week
While the Northeast saw temperatures in the 60s, 70s, and 80s last week, conditions quickly shifted early this week with temperatures dropping to the 30s and 40s during the day. During the night got even colder, dropping to the 20s and even teens.
Sudden weather changes such as this can make us more vulnerable to bacterial and viral infections. Flu season typically peaks from December to February, so it's important to stay hydrated, eat well, and take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself.
A drastic temperature change, such as going from the 80s to the 40s, may not affect generally healthy people, but groups of people with chronic health problems, outdoor workers, and the elderly can be more susceptible to illness.
There are also studies that suggest sudden weather changes can produce more migraines and headaches.