Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Records are still tumbling! Anchorage has experienced six days in a row of 80-plus deg F (27-plus deg C) weather - the longest stretch on record


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The historic heat wave that has sent Alaskans scrambling to cool their sweltering homes has also toppled some lesser known temperature records, according to data from the National Weather Service.
As of Tuesday, Anchorage has experienced six days in a row of 80-plus deg F  (27-plus deg C) weather - the longest stretch on record, according to meteorologist Michael Kutz with the National Weather Service's Anchorage office.
The daily peak temperature has been 70 or higher in Anchorage for 13 days in a row.
That's not a record - yet.
In 2013, Anchorage experienced a 17-day streak of 70+ degree weather that ended on Aug. 2 of that year.
But we're likely to break the record by the end of the week, Kutz said.
On only six of the past 16 days has Anchorage not tied or broken a daily heat record.
Put another way: We've broken the daily high-temperature record on eight of the last 16 days.
Three Alaska communities broke all-time high temperature on July 4: Kenai, at 89 degrees, King Salmon, at 89 degrees, and Anchorage, at 90 degrees.
Palmer tied its all-time temperature high, at 88 degrees, the same day.
No new all-time records have been set since then, Kutz said.
Since the beginning of record keeping by the weather service at the international airport in 1952, Anchorage has seen a total of 40 days where temperatures reached over 80 degrees.
Eight of those -- including Monday -- are from 2019.
The forecast this week calls for a very slight cool-down, including possible showers on Thursday.
But temperatures are forecast to remain squarely in the 70s through the weekend.
After that "there's a possibility we can warm up again," said Kutz.

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