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US temperatures set to plummet to record lows

Parts of America and Canada are experiencing near record-breaking low temperatures from a severe winter storm that has claimed at least 16 lives.

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Americans warned of 'dangerously low temperatures'

The National Weather Service has warned that the "dangerously low temperatures" will persist in many parts of the US on Tuesday.

Large parts of the eastern US have been issued freeze warnings (coloured blue) Credit: National Weather Service

The weather system is beginning to creep eastwards but temperatures will remain on average around 20 degrees (Fahrenheit) below where they should be for the time of year.

NBC News reports that Hawaii is the only state in the country that is not affected by freezing temperatures.

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