GRAY, Maine — It was a good day to put away the snow shovels and break out the golf clubs.

Spring-like weather hovered over much of the state on Wednesday, bringing with it record-breaking high temperatures in two Maine cities and tying a record for the date in at least one town.

The National Weather Service’s Gray forecast center reported a high temperature at the Portland International Jetport of 66 degrees, shattering the city’s old mark of 55 degrees for March 9, set in 2012.

In Bangor, the temperature reached a balmy 58 degrees, topping the former record high for the date of 54 set in 2012, according to meteorologist Francis Kredenser of the weather service’s Caribou office.

As of 5 p.m., Millinocket was flirting with a record high with a temperature of 56 degrees — a tie with its high from 2000, Kredenser said.

The warmest spot in the state was Buxton, which hit 77 degrees, while Sanford hit 76, Fryeburg hit 72 and Lewiston and Auburn hit 71, according to the weather service. Records are not kept for those municipalities, according to the NWS.

Rain is expected to move into the state from west to east on Thursday, according to the weather service. Rain may change to snow over northern areas before ending early Friday. The rain, coupled with snowmelt, will cause rivers and streams to rise in some areas.

BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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