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Hot weather expected to break with thunderstorms on Friday

This week’s hot, sticky weather is expected to break Friday as thunderstorms roll in, bringing with them a cold front and cooler temperatures for the weekend.

The heat index reached more than 90 degrees across the state Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, with the service issuing a heat advisory that lifted at 7 p.m. The heat caused “a significant increase” in people seeking treatment for heat-related illnesses at Eastern Maine Medical Center, spokesman Bob Potts said Thursday.

Customers at Bangor-area appliance store Dunnett Inc. bought 40 to 50 air conditioners just in the last day or so, said Jack Eisentrager, who works at the store.

But National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Cempa said thunderstorms will create cooler temperatures Friday.

That news is a relief at Acadia National Park, where workers have seen a few heat-related illness cases over the past several days, spokeswoman Christie Anastasia said.

 To read the rest of “Hot weather expected to break with thunderstorms on Friday,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Nick Sambides, Jr., please follow this link to the BDN online.

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