Sunday: Hot and muggy with possibility of some storms
Sunday looks hot and muggy, and definitely above average in temperature for most areas. There's a slight chance for afternoon thunderstorms for Portland and southern areas of the state. Dew points remain similar in previous says, with low to mid 60s in the northern areas and they increase as you go southward. Winds are light and from the southwest. Overall a nice day for Sunday, definitely good for outdoor activities!
Monday: Slightly higher temperatures
We great the new week with slightly higher temperatures, more concentrated in the southern areas of Maine. Dew points also increase slightly, but again, it's more concentrated in the southern areas and increase into the low 70s. Afternoon thunderstorms are possible for the Portland and southern areas of the state, similar to Sunday. Winds are light and from the south.
Max temperatures for this week
The GIF above runs from Monday to Friday, and shows the potential maximum temperature for the day by a short-range model. This model in particular has the capability to predict out farther than other short-range models, but it has a history of predicting temperatures slightly higher than it actually will be. So, when reading this, take into consideration the warm bias and knock the readings out by 3 to 5 degrees.
The temperature increase looks to end on Tuesday, and Wednesday drops back to temperatures we're seeing this past weekend. A cold front is to blame, as it moves through on Wednesday. This cold front may also bring some small amounts of precipitation, but it's too far out to tell when and where the precipitation may occur, but the possibility is there.
The summer heat is in full swing, and with it comes some danger to the body if not properly protected. It's important to apply sunscreen regularly when exposed, especially in the afternoon hours, where the sun's strength is at its peak. It's equally important to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and dress in lightweight and light-colored clothing, with some sort of hat to protect your face. Stay safe in the summertime heat and practice heat safety!
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