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Record warmth makes for a beach day in southern Maine

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Emery Bachelder, 4, (left) and sister Avery, 6, dart out of the water at Old Orchard Beach on Wednesday during record-breaking warmth. The winter reprieve will not last. Forecasters expect snow later in the week.
By Troy R. Bennett, BDN Staff
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PORTLAND, Maine — Portland smashed a 65-year-old high temperature record on Wednesday. The previous high of 59 degrees, set in 1953, gave way to a new record of 68 degrees under sunny skies. In Sanford, the snow melted even faster, as thermometers rose into the 70s. According to the National Weather Service in Gray, the average high temperature for Feb. 21 is only 39.5 degrees.

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Children and families frolic at Old Orchard Beach on Wednesday during record-breaking warmth. The winter reprieve will not last. Forecasters expect snow later in the week.

With school vacation week in full swing, families and dog walkers flocked to the sands of Old Orchard Beach. Children ran in the water and made castles in normally frozen, snow-covered sand. On the shore in South Portland, around Bug Light, kites were flying and cyclists rode circuits around puddles and shrinking ice sheets in the shade.

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Cyclists circle the park at Bug Light in South Portland on Wednesday in T-shirts.

In downtown Portland, people could be seen in sleeveless shirts and shorts, outdoor seating at restaurants and bars attracted crowds during the lunch hour, as professionals took the opportunity to soak in the warmest temperatures in months.

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A woman walks a dog at Bug Light in South Portland on Wednesday in the mild weather.

Further north, in Bangor, the temperature didn’t break 50 degrees, seeing a high of only 48.

Southern Mainers shouldn’t get used to the warmth, though. The Weather Service is calling for highs in the 30s for the rest of the week and snow is likely Thursday into Friday.

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A boy chases a soccer ball on Old Orchard Beach on Wednesday during record-breaking warmth.

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