The National Weather Service has confirmed an 80-year-old weather record was broken on Wednesday compliments of the very cold air that has dominated the region for several days.
NWS records indicate the 24-hour high temperature at Rhinelander was -2 on Wednesday. That breaks the previous record low maximum temperature for Dec. 11th of -1. That record had stood since 1933.
Many locations in central and northern Wisconsin did not see temperatures warmer than 0 on Wednesday.
According to Newsline 9's collection of Weather Watchers, high temps on Wednesday only got to -4 in Prentice, -3 in Park Falls, -2 in Abbotsford and -1 in Lac du Flambeau and Tomahawk.
The lowest temperature recorded within the past 24-hour period was -14 at Park Falls and Rhinelander, -12 at Whittlesey, -17 at Prentice, and -10 in Antigo.
Temperature ranges for other larger cities in central Wisconsin include a spread of 3 and -9 in Wausau, 2 and -7 at Wisconsin Rapids, -5 and 8 at Stevens Point, -11 and 0 at Merrill and -11 and -1 in Medford.
Typical daytime highs for this time in December for the Wausau area at 28 degrees.
Unseasonably cold air will continue to remain in the region for the foreseeable future. According to the Storm Track 9 team of meteorologists, the warmest daytime high in the 7-day forecast is 20 degrees. That temperature is expected by next Tuesday.
For a complete look at the forecast, follow this link.