Heat, humidity, ozone combine in parts of Maine
Posted June 12
BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is warning of unhealthy ozone levels for sensitive individuals in parts of the state.
The alert on Monday came as the temperature climbed past 90 for a second day in a row.
In Augusta, elementary schools dismissed early because of the heat. The National Weather Service says the temperature hit 91 in Augusta, breaking the old record of 88 set in 1996. Elsewhere around the region, the mercury climbed to 89 in Portland, and 97 in Concord, N.H.
The ozone warning applied Monday to southwest coast and Midcoast, including Acadia National Park. The rest of the state is not subject to the warning.
Officials say that the elderly, children and people with health problems should limit outdoor physical activities in the affected areas.