January 20, 2020
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Canadian air may break cold weather record in The County

Julia Bayly | BDN
Julia Bayly | BDN
Storm clouds gather over Fort Kent on Thursday. Most of Maine has seen damp, cooler weather this week thanks to a stubborn upper level disturbance over New Brunswick and Maine. On Friday afternoon, with a high of 59, Caribou was set to record it's lowest maximum high temperature for any July 24 since 1954.

FORT KENT, Maine — It may not be the perfect storm, but according to officials at the National Weather Service in Caribou, conditions were ripe for Friday to post a new record low maximum temperature for the date.

“There is still time for things to change, but based on the satellite and ugly, drizzly weather conditions, I struggle to see temperatures going much higher,” Francis Kredensor, meteorologist at the Caribou weather office, said Friday afternoon. “There is a very good chance to break the record.”

According to the weather service, as of noon Friday the high temperature in Caribou was 59 degrees, five degrees below the previous record for the day of 64 registered in 1954.

Though not an official weather recording site, Presque Isle also could record its lowest maximum temperature for the day, according to Kredenser.

The central Aroostook County city got up to 61 degrees just before noon, he said, not reaching the previous low maximum of 65 degrees set in 1954.

Elsewhere around the state things were cool but not cold enough to break records, Kredensor said.

Kredensor said a “nasty upper-level disturbance” over New Brunswick and New England is to blame.

“When that happens, you get these low clouds and drizzle,” he said.

All those clouds are blocking any warmth from the sun, Kredensor said. At the same time, cooler air is flowing into Maine from Quebec and points north.

“It’s a perfect mess of undesirable characteristics leading to not nice weather,” he said.

The state will remain in an active weather pattern through the start of next week with cooler and rainy weather, according to the meteorologist.

“It is not going to be dry or sunny [Saturday] but we are hoping there will be a few breaks in the clouds,” he said. “There will certainly be a few showers.”

Kredensor said the next best chance for warmer weather is coming Tuesday through Thursday, when temperatures could climb back into the 80s around the state and get humid.

It was raining nearly statewide Friday, he said, with some of the rainshowers containing embedded thunderstorms.

“Nothing is looking too crazy at this point,” Kredensor said. “We have seen a few cells within the rain showers with some thunder, but it’s really just rain showers.”

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