BOSTON — About 200 people have taken a New Year’s Day dip in the frigid waters of Boston despite the bone-chilling cold.

The bitter cold forced the cancellation or postponement of many “polar plunge” events throughout the country on Monday.

The Boston Globe reports that the annual L Street Brownies New Year’s Day Swim went on as planned in South Boston, with 200 or so brave souls taking part.

Last year, roughly twice that amount took the plunge.

WPRI-TV reports that every New Year’s Day plunge in Rhode Island was called off, except for an event in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. About three dozen people participated.

The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories throughout New England.

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