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If you’ve had enough hot weather, try to relax: Cooler temperatures are on the way.
National Weather Service forecasters said that temperatures in parts of Maine fell just shy of 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday. But relief will come in the form of a slow-moving front of cooler air due to hit Maine on Monday.
Temperatures that were expected to top 100 degrees Fahrenheit in southern Maine fell just below that level of misery on Saturday. Central and northern Maine endured temperatures in the 90s, with northernmost Maine temperatures in the high 80s. Temperatures dropped overnight Saturday into Sunday, with lower dew points, some cloud cover and drier air making it a few degrees cooler than the day before, said Eric Schwibs, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service office in Gray.
“It will start to cool down in the afternoon [on Sunday],” said Chris Norcross, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Caribou.
The cold front, which triggered showers and thunderstorms in northern Maine on Sunday, will eventually bring an end to the hot and humid weather throughout the state by Monday.
Emera Maine crews worked to restore power to more than 1,000 customers in northern Penobscot and Piscataquis counties after a severe thunderstorm moved through that area Sunday morning and afternoon. The storm toppled multiple trees, an Emera spokesperson said.
The National Weather Service office in Caribou tracked the severe storm from the northern Moosehead Lake region moving toward Topsfield in northern Washington County. The Caribou office said it received reports of hail up to 1½ inches in diameter and high winds during the storm.
The bulk of the showers and thunderstorms had moved off toward New Brunswick and Nova Scotia by Sunday afternoon.
Saturday’s temperatures, meanwhile, came in just about as expected. The weather service predicted that Saturday would be “dangerously hot,” with temperatures in the high 80s up north, low 90s Down East and 100s in southern Maine.
The high temperature in Portland on Saturday afternoon was 90 degrees, but with the humidity added, it had a real feel of about 97 degrees. Bangor had a real-feel temperature of about 95 degrees, with Bar Harbor at about 90 degrees, which, again with humidity added, felt like 95 degrees, Schwibs and Norcross said.
“There are some clouds around that are helping hold the temperatures down a bit,” Schwibs said Saturday. “It is still oppressive anytime you get dew points in the 70s.”
Frenchville’s temperature was 80 degrees and Houlton’s was 89.
Bangor and Portland set up cooling centers in response to the temperatures on Saturday and Sunday. Bangor’s temporary cooling area — complete with sprinklers — on the Bangor waterfront will be will be available from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday after drawing about a dozen people on Saturday.
The Portland Public Library at 5 Monument Square served as the city’s cooling center and saw a regular-sized crowd, Executive Director Sarah Campbell said. The library serves 1,500 to 2,000 people daily.
To help alleviate the heat, the library showed movies and served popcorn, she said.
The weather service is maintaining a heat advisory through most of Sunday. People are urged to limit outdoor activities, drink plenty of water and wear light-colored clothing. Pets should also be kept in shaded, well-ventilated areas and given fresh water.