When people think of Maine, their first thoughts are either of the beautiful summer days or snow in the winter. The truth, however, is that the climate in Maine is very different - depedning upon the part of the state you are in.
Generally speaking, there are three distinct climatic regions in the state: the northern interior zone, comprising roughly the northern half of the state, between Quebec and New Brunswick; the southern interior zone; and the coastal zone. The northern zone is both drier and cooler in all four seasons than either of the other two area, while the coastal zone is more moderate in temperature year-round, and this is where most people live and work.
Living in Maine allows you to truly enjoy all four seasons, and each offers is own unique things to do and enjoy.
Maine's Spectacular Summer Season
From the first hint of spring through the lazy days of summer, Maine is an outdoor wonderland. You can explore the coast, mountains, woods, rivers and lakes by kayak, bike or seaplane. Spot a majestic moose while camping or hiking. Relax at one of Maine's sandy beaches.
Board a boat for whale and puffin watching. Get to know the locals at a summer festival. Savor the ocean’s bounty at a Maine lobster bake. Tee off at a lakeside course. Or indulge in wild blueberry pie. Summer in Maine is everything you’d expect and so much more.
With the crisp air of autumn comes the chance to experience a quintessential fall weekend in Maine. For starters, you’ll be amazed at the glorious colors on display across the state.
From quiet coastal villages to lakeside golf courses to scenic mountain passes, Maine offers a variety of settings for nature’s brilliant show. Another fall favorite is heading to an orchard for apple picking and a glass of cider fresh from the press. Or perhaps do a little fly fishing at one of our famous rivers. And be sure to leave some time for antiquing. A one-of-a-kind treasure is the perfect souvenir from your trip to Maine.
Winter is the season when Maine truly sparkles. Whether you take in the beauty from the back of a horse-drawn sleigh or set out on snowshoes, there are many ways to enjoy our winter wonderland. You can ski and ride on some of the best slopes in the East.
Explore the beautiful countryside on pristine cross-country and snowmobile trails. Celebrate the holidays by visiting lighthouses decked out in Christmas lights. Discover quaint shops in snow-covered villages. Or just snuggle by the fire with a mug of steaming cocoa. So the next time you’re thinking of a cozy winter getaway, think Maine.
Maine's Wide Temperature Changes and Varied Climate
The annual mean temperature in the northern zone is about 40°F (5°C); in the southern interior zone, 44°F (7°C); and in the coastal zone, 46°F (8°C). Record temperatures for the state are —48°F (—44°C), registered at Van Buren on 19 January 1925, and 105°F (41°C) at North Bridgton on 10 July 1911.
The mean annual precipitation increases from 40.2 in (102 cm) in the north to 41.5 in (105 cm) in the southern interior and 45.7 in (116 cm) on the coast. Average annual precipitation at Portland (1971—2000) was 45.8 in (116 cm). Average annual snowfall is 78 in (198 cm).