It was practically a heat wave on Tuesday in Bangor, where the temperatures rose to a new record.
Bangor saw a high on Tuesday of 53 degrees, breaking the record of 51 degrees for Feb. 5 set in 2006, according to the National Weather Service office in Caribou.
The Queen City wasn’t the only place where records were broken. Millinocket saw a balmy 51 degrees, breaking its previous high for that date of 45 degrees in 2005, according to the weather service. In Caribou, the high of 46 degrees broke the record-high for Feb. 5 — 42 degrees — set back in 1947. The high in Houlton was a more modest 48 degrees, compared with its previous record of 46 degrees set in 1991.
Further south, Portland’s 62 degrees broke its previous record high for that date of 51 degrees, set in 2005, according to the weather service office in Gray.
Also among the record-breakers was Augusta, where the high of 55 degrees broke its previous record of 48 degrees, set in 2006.
Those record highs were followed by a return to normal on Wednesday, when temperatures fell about 20 to 25 degrees from their Tuesday perch.
“Back to reality for winter in new England,” the weather service office in Gray said in a tweet.