Hot and Muggy Monday, Chance for Afternoon Storms
Another hot and muggy day for Maine for the start of the week. Northern and central Maine is looking at temperatures in the 80s, while western and mountainous regions are in the upper 70s. As the afternoon sea breeze sets in, coastal areas are looking at temperatures in the 70s.
As the day begins to heat up, isolated thunderstorms for northern and western Maine are possible for the afternoon. Lack of energy and cooling of temperatures should keep these storms within these regions, but a stray pop-up storm is always possible in the summertime.
Tuesday: Similar Temperatures to Monday
Temperatures for Tuesday are similar to Monday's, as well as dew points and cloud cover. The only change is the likelihood of afternoon thunderstorms. The amount of energy that an ensemble model is predicting for Tuesday is lower than previous days, so the probability is lower. This isn't ruled out, however. As long as there's some energy in the atmosphere, there could be some small pop-up afternoon storms for mainly northern and western Maine, but the chance is lower than for Monday.
Temperature and Rain Outlook for this Week
The GIF above runs from 7 PM Tuesday to 7 PM Friday. As a low pressure system begins to approach Maine from the west on Tuesday, temperatures will stay similar to Tuesday's until Thursday, where daytime temperatures will begin to cool slightly as a cold front pushes through. Exact timing and location of the cold front will be monitored as more information from numerical models is available to us.
The GIF above runs from 7 AM Sunday to 7 AM Wednesday. The low pressure system begins to push its way north of Maine on Wednesday, according to this long-range model's most recent run. Though there is a chance of rain, amount, location, and timing are still very much in the air at this time. More information will become available in the next few days.
Cold Water Safety
Ocean and lake temperatures for Maine are 50s and 60s respectively. Warm air temperatures doesn't necessarily mean warm water temperatures. Cold water drains body heat up to 25 times faster than cold air. When cold water makes contact with your skin, cold shock causes an immediate loss of breathing control. This dramatically increases the risk of sudden drowning even if the water is calm and you know how to swim. Practice cold water safety by staying out of waters below 70 degrees!
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