MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A federal agency is confirming what many New Englanders already suspected: October was the warmest on record in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Maine had the second-warmest on minimum temp, but the warmest average temperature.

The nationwide statistics were released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In Vermont, at the Burlington International Airport, the mean temperature of 58.6 degrees was 10.5 degrees above normal.

Weather Service meteorologist John Goff says the first few days of November were also above normal, but temperatures are now more seasonal.

Vermont's Killington ski area likes to open in October, but it was only able to make snow one day. But the colder weather over the last few days enabled the resort to open Wednesday.