BANGOR, Maine — A city record for low temperatures spanning more than seven decades has been broken, according to the National Weather Service.

The average temperature in Bangor from Jan. 1 to June 30 was 34 degrees, breaking the city’s record for lowest average temperatures over a six-month span.

That mark topped the previous record of 34.2 degrees set in 1940, according to Corey Bogel, a forecaster at the weather service’s Caribou office.

The 34-degree benchmark incorporates high and low temperatures. June also marked the fifth coldest June on record in the city and the coolest since 1977.

Normal high temperatures in June range from 78 to 80 degrees, while the average high in Bangor last month was 69.1 degrees.

Bogel said the big factor in Bangor setting a new record was a bitter February, which marked the all-time coldest February ever in the city.

February temperatures in Bangor averaged a balmy 6 degrees, eclipsing the mark of 8.4 degrees established in January 1994.

National Weather Service records for Bangor date back to 1926.

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