With January coming to a close, a big part of northern Maine continues to experience its warmest winter on record. The National Weather Service office in Caribou says there are no signs of real Maine winter weather for the coming week.

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Since December 1, the lowest temperature observed at Caribou is -9° F.  If this holds, it will be the warmest low temperature ever recorded during a winter season at Caribou. Daily highs have hit 40° or higher four times in January.

Snowfall this winter has been well below average, too. A total of 42.5 inches of snow has been measured  at the Caribou weather station so far this season. Meteorologists say this is the lowest total snowfall since the winter of 2010-2011.

Heading into the final weekend of January, approximately 7 inches of snow was on the ground at Caribou.

Forecasters say temperatures will remain above average heading into the first week of February, typically one of the coldest weeks of the winter in Aroostook County. Highs on Monday are expected to be in the low 40’s with light rain. The National Weather Service says there is another chance for rain or snow mid-week.