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Maine's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 6.3 (10=best) indicates it is one of the least comfortable states in the United States.

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August, July and June are the most pleasant months in the state of Maine, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Maine, MaineUnited States
  46.3 in.38.1 in.
  74.6 in.27.8 in.
  131.4 days106.2 days
  192 days205 days
  554 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for Maine with an average high temperature of 78.1°, which ranks it as one of the coolest states. In Maine, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Maine are July, August and June.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Maine with an average of 6.9°. This is one of the coldest of the U.S. states.

Maine has 2.7 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the coolest states in the U.S.

Maine has 163.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.

Maine averages 21.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.

November is the wettest month in Maine with 4.7 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 3.0 inches. The wettest season is Winter with 28% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. Maine's average annual rainfall of 46.3 inches indicates that it is wetter than most states in the United States.

June is the rainiest month in Maine with 12.5 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 9.0 rainy days. Maine's annual average of 131.4 days with measurable rain is rainier than most states in the United States. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 26% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 24% chance of a rainy day.

With an average annual snowfall of 74.6 inches, Maine is one of the snowiest states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in Maine with 19.7 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Maine    35 Reviews
    The way life is! - 4/3/2020
    I've been in Maine of and on my whole life. Maine folks for the most part are not very complicated. The drug epidemic has gotten better I think. If you enjoy shopping I... Read More

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    winters - 2/19/2015
    We are on this site to exit Maine in the winter. It is a beautiful and expensive (taxes) state. We plan to stay here most of the year, as 3 of the seasons are beautiful.... Read More

    JOBS/WEATHER - 2/8/2014
    Unless you want to live around Portland Maine or maybe BIW, not much work in Maine, except min wage...Weather from Sept thru May, you freeze your butt off, put kids in... Read More

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