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Record cold through the first half of November

Coldest first 18 days of the month on record in Portland; temperatures 6 to 7 degrees below average

MAINE, USA — It's been a crazy cold November.

Before talking about this year, it's worth remembering how brutal last November was: The fifth coldest on record in Portland; second in Bangor. It was the coldest Thanksgiving Day on record too.

This year is the coldest start to November on record in Portland and the second coldest in Bangor.

This is even more impressive given we don't set many cold records these days.

For the last two weeks, we have been consistently cold. In Portland, temperatures on only two days this month (November 1 and 5) have been above average.

Through the first 18 days of the month, the average temperature is 6 degrees below normal in Portland, Bangor and Caribou; it's 7 degrees below in Augusta. 

Credit: NCM

Caribou set three record low temperatures in a row, Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings.

Credit: NCM

Sunday, November 17 marks the earliest zero or below temperature in Caribou, breaking the previous earliest (November 21). 

There are some signs the arctic air masses that have invaded the northeast all month won't make it as far south going forward.

The Climate Prediction Center's outlook for next week is for average to slightly above average temperatures. 

I'm confident saying the record cold we saw last Thanksgiving Day won't be repeated this year.

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