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SWEATERS NEEDED IN SEATTLE

In the northern corners of the United States, the weather was the opposite of infernal.

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It looks like March, not June, in Seattle. People are clad in coats and scarves, using umbrellas to shield themselves — not from the bright sun but raindrops.

Tuesday was more than 10 degrees colder than usual, with temperatures hovering around 60 degrees.

Patty Carlson didn’t think she’d need a sweater, but there she was, ordering a latte at a downtown espresso shop on Tuesday.

"Take a look around the street," the 30-year Seattle resident said. "Would you guess it’s June?"

Meanwhile, New England kicked off summer with 90-degree heat and high temperatures in Vermont and Maine.

But as Mark Twain famously summed up the region’s fickle weather, "If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes."

Last weekend, a summertime nor’easter, flooding and thunderstorms knocked temps down across much of New England, and temperatures dropped to the 60s in some parts Tuesday and Wednesday.

The yo-yo effect was felt at Ben and Jerry’s ice cream stand in Freeport, Maine. One day, customers’ ice cream was melting faster than they could eat it. The next, customers trickled away.


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Co-manager Carey Lockard has heard Twain’s musings; customers often show up at the stand, his words on their tongues.

"It’s amazing — the weather in Maine," she said.



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