PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s streak of above-average monthly temperatures has now hit 13 straight months.
The National Weather Service says Portland’s average temperature in November was 40 degrees, or 1.7 degrees above normal — marking the 13th consecutive month of above-average temperatures.
The monthly averages during the streak have been between 1.7 degrees and 6.2 degrees above normal.
Maine’s streak began last November with temperatures 5.5 degrees above average, making it the state’s fifth-warmest November, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.
Things really heated up in the winter. January came in 7.3 degrees above average across the state, while February and March were 8.7 and 7.6 degrees above the norm.
Since then, monthly temperatures have ranged from 0.2 degrees to 6.1 degrees above normal.
Other Northeast states also have had extended warm streaks. Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York have had 10 straight months of above-average temperatures. Rhode Island has gone nine months and Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have gone eight.
The relative warmth can be attributed in part to El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean last winter followed by a persistent weather pattern that has resulted in high temperatures across the region.