Twelve-year-old Elijah Towne of Kennebunkport finds a good way to cope with the heat and humidity Thursday as he races to catch an incoming wave while bodysurfing at Scarborough Beach.

The mercury climbed to 96 degrees in Maine’s largest city, but that won’t go down in the record books. Meteorologist Margaret Curtis from the National Weather Service in Gray says Portland’s high-temperature mark falls three degrees below the all-time high for the date; it hit 99 on July 21, 1977, and that’s also Portland’s all-time high for July.

Curtis says it’ll be hot again today and Saturday, but she says things will cool down on Sunday after a cold front moves through, bringing the high down to around 80.