Bronx residents see a temporary relief to the cold weather

After one of the coldest weekends in years, there is good news and bad news concerning The Bronx weather forecast. On the positive side, meteorologists are predicting a brief warm-up, but they say the arctic air will be back in the area by midweek.

Many Bronx residents have spent the recent cold spell without any heat. In fact, citywide, officials received more than 2,000 heating-related complaints. On Fox Street, residents covered their windows with plastic and used pots filled with boiling water as a source of heat. Tenants say they are having trouble getting through to city officials to get heat back in their apartments. Authorities are telling residents to remain persistent and patient when calling in their heat complaints into the city's 311 center. After calling the 311 center, anyone still having heat problems can contact News 12 The Bronx at 718-328-7504. News 12 will continue to make calls on a tenant's behalf to the landlords and the city. Anyone calling News 12 The Bronx must have their Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) complaint number.

The bitter cold was responsible for at least two deaths in the Northeast. In Philadelphia, a man was found dead inside his home. Officials say he did not have any heat and died of hypothermia. In Western New York, an 18-year-old died after he lost control of his car on an icy road. Officials also say two homeless men died in Boston, but the causes of their deaths have not been determined.

Back in The Bronx, the mercury rose into the 20s on Sunday and is expected to keep rising through Tuesday. Meteorologists, however, say temperatures will fall sharply again on Wednesday with another blast of cold air entering the region.

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