Kennebec River reaches flood stage

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Kennebec River at Calumet Bridge at Augusta

Recent image of the Kennebec River in downtown Augusta

Recent image of the Kennebec River in downtown Augusta

Updated 10:44 a.m.: The National Weather Service says the rapid snowmelt is going to cause minor flooding on the Kennebec River in Maine and on the Connecticut River that separates New Hampshire and Vermont.

Meteorologist Eric Sinsabaugh said the Kennebec was already at flood stage Wednesday morning and that the Connecticut was to reach flood stage later in the day.

Both are expected to fall below flood stage by the end of Friday.

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Wednesday’s temperatures aren’t forecast to be as balmy as Tuesday. And there is a chance of rain showers in the afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Updated 10:25 a.m.: The temperature has climbed high enough to set a couple of records in New England — and to cause melting snow that’s contributing to minor flooding.

The National Weather Service says the temperature climbed Tuesday to 87 degrees in Concord, New Hampshire, and 78 degrees in Augusta, both records for the date. The temperature hit 75 in Portland, coming within 2 degrees of the record.

The temperature reached 80 in Lewiston and Auburn on Tuesday, according to the NWS. The record high is 82 — set in 1945.

On Monday, Montpelier, Vermont, had a record high of 77 degrees.

Meteorologist Margaret Curtis said the warm weather is creating snowmelt that’s contributing to flooding concerns across the region.

She said flood warnings were in effect for Maine’s Kennebec River with the potential for a couple of feet of water in parking lots along Front Street.

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