Thursday’s anticipated highs in the 90s could break records in Aroostook

6 years ago

CARIBOU, Maine — A heat advisory is in effect Thursday for parts of Aroostook County, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.

The advisory covers all of southern and northeastern Aroostook County and includes the cities of Presque Isle, Caribou, Van Buren and Mars Hill from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The advisory warns that temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s, combined with high humidity will increase the threat of heat stress for anyone working or recreating outside.

Tim Duda, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou, said Thursday that it is likely that Caribou will tie or break the record of 92 degrees that has been set several times in July over the years, and Houlton could tie or exceed the record of 93 degrees set several times over the years.

People “should probably stay inside in an air-conditioned room today,” he said.

Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Individuals also should take extra precautions if working or spending time outside. Whenever possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Heat-related illnesses can range from heat cramps to heat exhaustion to more serious heat stroke. Heat stroke can result in death and requires immediate medical attention. Factors or conditions that can make some people more susceptible to heat-related illnesses include age (older adults and young children), obesity, fever, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, prescription drugs, alcohol use, and sunburn.