GRAY — The mercury has climbed to 96 in Maine’s largest city, but that won’t go down in the record books.

Meteorologist Margaret Curtis from the National Weather Service say the 96-degree temperature in Portland falls three degrees below the all-time high for the date.

Curtis says it hit 99 on July 21, 1977, and that’s Portland’s all-time high for July.

Curtis says it’ll be hot again Friday and Saturday. But she says things will cool down on Sunday after a cold front moves through, bringing the high down to 78 or 80.

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