CARIBOU, Maine — A line of severe thunderstorms on Tuesday that brought rain and damaging winds to northern Maine was not the only unusual weather event cities and towns including Bangor are experiencing this week.
Mark Turner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou, said Thursday that an area of hot high pressure brought unseasonably warm weather to the state Tuesday and Wednesday, culminating with a record high temperature in Bangor on Tuesday and a tie with the 77-year-old daily record high temperature in Bangor on Wednesday.
It was 92 degrees in Bangor on Tuesday, and 91 degrees at Big Black River in Aroostook County. Other parts of northern Maine, including Dickey and Eagle Lake, also had temperatures above 85 degrees Tuesday.
Other parts of the state were just as warm. It was 85 degrees in Acadia National Park on Tuesday, and 87 degrees in Corinna. It was 93 degrees in Mattawamkeag and 91 degrees in Millinocket.
In Piscataquis County, it was 91 degrees at Abbot Village on Tuesday, and it was 92 in Dover-Foxcroft. The high temperature in Washington County on Tuesday was recorded in Woodland, where it was 93 degrees.
With the exception of Bangor, temperatures were slightly cooler Wednesday. Bangor was the hottest place in Penobscot County on Wednesday, with a temperature of 88 degrees.
In Aroostook County, the high temperature was 79 degrees at Big Black River on Wednesday. A high of 79 degrees was recorded in Bar Harbor in Hancock County, and in Piscataquis County, a high of 87 degrees was recorded in Milo. A high of 82 was recorded in Topsfield in Washington County.
Turner said Thursday that high temperatures this week have been running 10 to 20 degrees above normal in Caribou and in Houlton. In Millinocket and Bangor, highs were running 15 to 25 degrees above normal Tuesday and Wednesday.
Turner said that a warm air mass contributed to the warmer temperatures and led to unprecedented high overnight low temperatures.
In Aroostook County through the Memorial Day weekend, sunshine is in the forecast, and temperatures are predicted to remain in the high 60s to low 70s.