High temperatures break records in Maine, but normal cold returns

Pedro Gabriel, 18, a senior at Portland High School, shoots hoops in Deering Oaks on Friday. Sunday should be cooler with highs in the 50s. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

On Saturday, more Christmas decorations began to appear in Portland, with many people wearing summer shorts and T-shirts.

High temperatures on Saturday broke records in several cities, which has been a trend in recent days, according to the National Weather Service in Gray.

In Portland, the maximum reached 72 degrees, breaking the old record of 65 degrees from Nov. 12 set in 2020.

In Lewiston, the maximum reached 69 degrees. In Augusta, the temperature was 70 at 2 p.m., breaking the old record of 63.

Even in the northern town of Houlton, the temperature reached a balmy 67, breaking the old record of 63.

“It’s definitely above normal, but it’s interesting,” said Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Baron. “A lot of those records were broken two years ago. We’re starting to see that more often.

Warm conditions arrived in Maine with the remnants of Hurricane Nicole, which dumped 1.19 inches of rain overnight Saturday morning, as measured at the Portland International Jetport. When the rain receded, high pressure behind this tropical system produced heat and humidity, Baron said.

Caribou, which has a National Weather Service station, didn’t experience tropical heat, meteorologist James Sinko said. High temperatures only reached the 40s. But an hour’s drive south of Caribou, Houlton received some of the hot and humid conditions, Sinko said.

Aroostook County received heavy rain with flash flood warnings, he said.

Saturday will probably be the last day of summer, predict meteorologists. On Sunday and this week, temperatures will return to a more normal feeling in mid-November of low 20s and 30s, and highs in the 40s or 50s.

Parts of Maine, especially in the north, will see snow Monday night at higher elevations. “We might see some buildup,” Sinko said.

The fall was well above normal temperatures, he said, “but the trend is changing.”

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