Over a two-day stretch, Concord ties then easily beats temperature records

Monitor staff
Thursday, May 18, 2017

The 95-degree temperature Thursday afternoon in Concord easily beat a 111-year-old record.

The mark came one day after a 93-degree high temperature in the capital city Wednesday matched a record set in 1977.

The temperature Thursday soared 4 degrees above the previous high for May 18, set at 90 degrees in 1906 and 1889, said James Brown, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

“It’s definitely broken, no question about that,” Brown said about 3:30 p.m., noting that weather officials were hesitating on the announcement in case the temperature climbed another degree.

The two-day hot streak was reminiscent of a similar period in early April.

On April 10, the 82-degree high temperature missed breaking a 1922 record by just 1 degree. The following day, the 87-degree high temperature in Concord broke a record set in 1945.

Less than two weeks earlier, on April 1, the city broke a much different kind of record, when 6.9 inches of snow set a new mark.

On Thursday, more than a month before the official end of spring, summertime temperatures swept throughout New England and toppled long-standing records.

By noontime, before the temperatures reached their peaks, the weather service announced that Manchester and two Maine cities, Augusta and Portland, had broken their respective records.

Manchester reached 94 degrees, besting its previous high of 89 set in 1889.

Portland reached 93 degrees, breaking the 1949 record of 82; and Augusta reached 93 degrees, breaking the 86-degree mark set in 1989.

For the lower 48 states in the U.S., the year so far through April has been the second-warmest in records dating back to 1895, the Associated Press reported last week.

The AP reported that several states in the mid-Atlantic had their hottest April on record and a few Southeastern states were near-record warm, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data released last week.


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