Forecasters are warning of strong thunderstorms Friday afternoon.

The National Weather Service is warning of the possibility of severe weather Friday afternoon. The NWS Storm Prediction Center has placed much of Maine in a "Marginal Risk" for severe weather. Forecasters say Central and Downeast areas of Maine have the best chance to see strong storms. The main threat from these storms will be gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall.

Forecasters say the hot and humid conditions will be replaced with cooler and drier air overnight.

The weekend weather for Bangor features more clouds than sun Saturday, with showers and clouds Sunday. Rain is needed throughout much of Maine, as the state is currently experiencing varying stages of drought.

According to the most recent Drought Monitor Report, much of Maine is experiencing abnormally dry conditions. The worst of the dry conditions are concentrated in an area of far western Maine, where Severe Drought conditions are being observed.

Drought conditions may improve over the course of next week, as much of Maine is forecast to see scattered showers through Thursday.

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