It’s hot but not record hot in Maine

Posted July 21, 2011, at 6:55 p.m.
Last modified July 21, 2011, at 8:12 p.m.

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GRAY, Maine — The mercury has climbed to 96 in Maine’s largest city, but that won’t go down in the record books.

Meteorologist Margaret Curtis from the National Weather Service say the 96-degree temperature in Portland falls three degrees below the all-time high for the date.

Curtis says it hit 99 on July 21, 1977, and that’s Portland’s all-time high for July.

Curtis says it’ll be hot again Friday and Saturday, but she says things will cool down on Sunday after a cold front moves through, bringing the high down to 78 or 80.

The farther north you went, the cooler the temperatures were, according to climate records maintained by the weather service’s Caribou office.

Bangor’s high was a sticky 86 degrees, while Millinocket peaked at 81. Aroostook County temperatures, however, did not break the 80-degree mark, with Houlton reaching 78 and Caribou reporting a relatively cool 74.