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Friday’s storms usher in pleasant weekend weather

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A man uses an umbrella during a day of wet weather on Congress Street in Portland, April 12, 2016. Thunderstorms will roll through Maine on Friday, dousing the state with heavy rains and pushing out a heat wave that has kept most of the state close to 100 degrees all week.

Heavy rains that doused parts of Maine on Friday have dampened humid conditions, ushering in a weekend with daytime temperatures well under 90 degrees, dipping into the 40s at night.

In Greater Bangor, fast-moving wind and rain blew through the region Friday morning, with the downfall losing force and changing to scattered showers after 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Rain that began falling before the morning commute continued moving southeast, with winds gusting up to 45 mph in the Millinocket region, the weather service wrote in a special weather statement.

Skies began clearing across the state in the afternoon. Bangor’s high daytime temperature of 82 was expected to dip to 49 at night, the national weather service said.

In a break from the hot, sticky weather, Bangor is predicted to be in the mid-70s and sunny with a light breeze Saturday. The expected high on Sunday will reach 85 degrees, according to the weather service.

Those temperatures offer a long-awaited reprieve for Mainers who suffered the July 4 holiday week’s oppressive heat. The sweltering conditions pushed the state into the mid- and upper 90s for days, prompting a string of heat advisories, and sending flocks of people to buy fans and air conditions at local stores. Some Maine cities broke Independence Day heat records.

BDN writer Alex Acquisto contributed to this report.

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