MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. — Northern New England is in the grip of icy temperatures. But if you think it’s cold in the flatlands, try 15 below, and 50-below with the wind, atop New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.

The Mount Washington Observatory reports it feels like 53.3 degrees below zero with the 54 mph wind gusting on top of the 6,288-foot mountain, New England’s highest.

While dangerously cold, the temperatures didn’t detract from the view. Under a brilliant sunshine Sunday and blue skies, officials said they could see 110 miles in every direction.

Elsewhere in the region, the arctic high-pressure system dropped temperatures below zero in most of Maine overnight and to minus-11 in the Maine towns of Frenchville and Greenville in Aroostook and Piscataquis counties.

This week, however, Maine will likely get slightly warmer weather. Forecasts call for high temperatures in the mid-30s for much of the next 10 days in central and southern Maine.

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