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Sunny skies, warm weather expected for much of holiday week

HOULTON, Maine — Like many Aroostook County residents, Sarah Frasier of Houlton is expecting company over the Fourth of July holiday.

Frasier said Monday that she has a large family that lives throughout southern Aroostook, and several cousins and aunts will be returning to the area over the holiday to visit, attend class reunions and take in the festivities.

She said that she joins countless others across the state who are hoping for good weather over the holiday after a damp, cool June. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Caribou said Monday that the chances of it happening are “pretty good.”

“Right now, the Fourth of July looks to be beautiful,” he said. “It is expected to be warm, with most areas of The County seeing temperatures in the low to mid-eighties.”

Leading up to Independence Day, showers and thunderstorms are expected late Monday evening into Tuesday, with the heaviest amounts over northeast Maine. Cornwell said that temperatures will begin the week around 72 degrees before gradually warming throughout the remainder of the week.

During July, the average high temperature is 76 degrees at Caribou from July 6-31, according to the NWS. The average low is 56 degrees from July 14-28.

Last July was the all-time warmest month at Caribou, and last summer also had the most number of 80-degree days so far this century. The highest all time record was in 1999 with 51 days of 80 or more degrees.

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