It's been the tale of two summers in Maine so far. For almost all of June and about 10 days in July, the summer was delivering moderate temperatures and low humidity. That was putting smiles on people's faces and leaving air conditioners dormant. But the last few weeks have brought increased heat and waves of oppressive humidity that have left more than a few Mainers longing for fall already. So if you think it's been too hot for you in July, you're going to want to run and hide when August hits.

Shared on Twitter by Robert LaRoche, a powerful heat wave is brewing for Maine that is likely to be capped off on Thursday with portions of the state reaching triple-digit temperatures. If any towns and cities hit 100 on Thursday, they'll likely be located in York county. The rest of Maine won't be spared by the heat and humidity, however. Almost all of southern, central, and eastern Maine should see high temps in the mid-90's with potentially ugly dew points creating dangerous heat for the elderly, outdoor workers, and pets.

How much of the heat wave and how excessive the heat will be should come into focus more clearly over the next 24-48 hours. As of this writing, Thursday appears to be only day that Maine will exceed 90 degrees nearly statewide. The remainder of the week is likely to remain in the mid-to-upper 80's, with elevated dew points causing sticky humidity.


LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

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