Parts of Maine break record heat temps

Sunrise on Thursday over Old Orchard Beach. (WGME)

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (WGME) – Thursday’s record heat means people headed to the beach. For many, it felt like a hot summer day.

If you wanted some relief from the heat, the beach was a good place to go. However, the ocean is still cold with temps around 50 degrees.

It was be a few degrees cooler right along the beach, but that's it. We didn't have a sea breeze helping to cool us off; instead it was coming from the southwest so everyone saw very hot temperatures this time of year.

Most towns saw upper 80s to low 90s, which is a good 20 degrees above where we typically are this time of year. Portland’s normal high is 64 degrees.

Portland broke the record high of 82 degrees set back in 1949.

You want to be careful with the heat; there is an Air Quality Alert for much of Maine and New Hampshire starting at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Ground level ozone will make breathing difficult, especially for sensitive people with asthma or any respiratory problems as well as children and older adults.

Consider limiting strenuous activities and drink plenty of water.

Also if you do go in the water, you swim at your own risk most beaches are not open for the season yet and have no lifeguards.

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