It’s more common for people to flee Maine to Florida to escape the cold. But on Tuesday it was the other way around.
Caribou saw a high of 60 degrees Fahrenheit just before 12:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service office in Caribou. That surpasses the previous all-time December record, since record keeping began in 1939, set on Dec. 12, 1950. It also was warmer than the 56 degrees forecast for Orlando, Florida.
Tuesday was already looking to become a record-breaking day not long before sunrise, with the only places in the United States warmer than the Aroostook County city at 6 a.m. scattered across New England, southern California and parts of southwestern Florida.
That comes after the city broke its all-time record-high temperature for November with a new high of 75 degrees.
And Caribou might not be alone there. On Tuesday morning, Houlton tied its record-high for December of 59 degrees, the weather service said. That record was set Dec. 5, 1950, and tied again on Dec. 11, 1969.
The warm temperatures in The County followed on the heels of an overnight storm that brought heavy rain and high winds across the state, causing widespread outages early Tuesday morning.