By Boston Business Journal

Bitterly cold temperatures on Sunday and Monday brought about an increased demand for natural gas used to heat homes.

National Grid reports that demand came close, but didn't quite break the all-time record set on Jan. 15, 2004, when the utility delivered 4.57 billion cubic feet of natural gas to customers across New England and New York. The delivery this time amounted to 4.55 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

"Being able to meet our customers' needs is always gratifying to us," said Nick Stavropoulos, executive vice president of U.S. Gas Distribution for National Grid, in a written statement. "Doing it safely and reliably under brutal weather conditions like those like those we experienced into Monday makes it even more so."

Temperatures in the Boston area hit 2 degrees below zero during the cold snap.

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