It's almost hard to remember at this point. At the end of March, Maine and New Hampshire welcome a rare winter heat wave, with multiple days topping 70 degrees. That allowed people to give in to the idea that we were destined to have an abnormally warm spring, almost expecting 70 and 80 degree weather to be a regular occurrence through April and May. But this is New England and things almost never go as planned. Instead, spring arrived and the entire state has been stuck in a month-long pattern of mediocrity, not too cold, not too hot, just blah. But that should all change next week.

Shared on Twitter by Robert LaRoche, multiple forecast models are calling for a nice southernly bump in our weather pattern. If it comes to fruition, the forecasts that you see on the cell phones will quickly change, showing temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70's rather than the 60's. It would be a welcome respite for those that are longing for beach day without being blown away by gusty winds.

The other great part? This shouldn't just be a southern Maine thing. The pattern bump should engulf the entirety of Maine, allowing northern Maine to see its first real heat in what probably feels like forever. Would you believe a handful of towns in the County saw snow last week?

 

Downeast Maine may be the the only portion of the state to miss out on the 70's party as the cold ocean breeze will likely keep the temps still feeling more April-like than July-like. If you've got a vacation day in your pocket, keep a close eye on the forecast next week, a true getaway or two is on the way and it can't come soon enough.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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