Record-Breaking Heat Could Hit Maine This Saturday
Last week, there was a chance that Wednesday and Thursday of this week would approach triple-digits in some portions of southern Maine. That irritated the summer haters, and excited those planning a vacation day or two to capitalize. But thanks to Tropical Storm Barry, those scorching hot days will be delayed in arrived. Instead of midweek, the weekend, specifically Saturday, looks like it has a chance to be the hottest day on record in Maine's history. Take a look at this GFS model courtesy of tropicaltidbits.com
According to coolweather.net, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Maine was in North Bridgton back in 1911. That day, the temperature reached 105. Portland came close to breaking that record in 1975, reaching 103. Forecast models right now are promised brutal heat for Saturday, with the majority of the state sitting in the 90's, and portions of southern Maine will certainly be flirting with triple digits. Hey Sanford, you'll be knocking on the door of record-breaking heat. It's not just southern Maine this time either, Augusta's all-time record is 100 degrees back in 1955, and that record has a legitimate chance to be pushed this weekend.
It likely means people will be heading to the beach or cranking the air conditioning throughout the day. Any time Maine sees this kind of wild heat, it's important to remind yourself to continually hydrate, make sure elderly family members are doing ok and also keep an eye on your pets. The blistering heat won't stick around for long, and for most Mainers, that's a welcome thing.