The official temperature record fell.
Anchorage hit 89 degrees F, (32 deg C), Thursday to break the all-time highest temperature ever recorded at the official recording station.
The previous record was 85 degrees F, (29 deg C), set on June 14, 1969.
Several recording stations in the Anchorage area hit 90 degrees or higher.
The Campbell Creek Science Center hit 91 degrees F, (33 deg C) as of 5:00 p.m.
Merrill Field also hit 90 degrees on Thursday.
According to The Weather Channell, the heat wave is intensifying over Alaska and will last into next week, possibly threatening all-time record highs in many parts of the state.
An unusually strong dome of high pressure aloft will intensify and spread over our 49th state the next several days.
According to UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain, the strength of this high-pressure dome could break all-time records over Alaska.