MAINE, USA — All week long, people have been messaging me asking if Maine or New Hampshire would hit 100° today (Thursday, August 4, 2022).
My answer has consistently been no, but let's be honest...is 97° with high humidity really that different from 100°? It certainly will feel pretty similar either way.
I say no. It's really just splitting hairs. Sure, there's definitely something more psychological about seeing triple digits as an actual temperature, but the heat will be approaching dangerous levels no matter how you slice it.
The other thing to consider is that nights remain quite warm, so there will not be much relief from it all weekend.
As of 6 a.m., heat advisories are out for the areas highlighted in orange. This is where the heat will feel worst today.
The areas in gray have an air quality alert in place. This means breathing will be more difficult for people with asthma or similar conditions.
Forecast high temperatures are expected to be in the 90s across most of Maine, except for Aroostook county.
As I stated earlier this week, I still do not expect anyone in Maine to actually hit 100° as an air temperature. There could be a couple of towns in the Merrimack Valley or the Worcester Hills that get close to 100°, but that's not as likely in Maine.
This is an idea of what it's going to feel like outside in the middle of the afternoon.
It will not take much time to become fatigued on a day like this.
Hydration is key today. Keep an eye on pets, children, the elderly, and anyone you know who does not have air conditioning.
Try to hold off from strenuous outdoor activity, or plan to do it in the morning or the evening.
We have multiple ways to inform you about cooling centers, too.
You can text "COOL" to (207) 828-6622.
You can also get a list on our website, newscentermaine.com.
- Mike Slifer, @MikeSliferWX
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