ANCHORAGE — As daylight grows across Alaska temperatures are quickly rising, but making it to 70 degrees is still rare this time of year.

Juneau and Fairbanks made it to the 70s for the first time this season on Tuesday.

Annette and Nenana recorded the highest temperatures in the state so far in 2017, both recording temperatures of 73 degrees.

Tanana and McGrath are also among the short list of towns to make it into the 70s this month.

Anchorage doesn’t typically see 70 until June 7.

So far this year, the highest temperature recorded in Anchorage is 66 degrees. Not 70, but still 10 degrees above normal for this time of year.

The earliest Anchorage made it into the 70s is May 8, that was in 1981.


If you were here in 1987, you may remember waiting for the heat to kick in that summer. It wasn’t until July 25 that anyone in Anchorage experienced 70 degree weather in town.

While we don’t typically see the 70s until June, the last four years Anchorage hit the 70s in May. Last year we made it to 70 by May 13.

If you like the heat — at least Southcentral’s version of it — you probably enjoy Southcentral summers. The warmest time of year for Anchorage is late-June through mid-August. During this time average high temperatures are in the mid-60s, with 70s not uncommon. Eighties are of course much rarer, but it has happened seven times in the last 10 years.

It’s likely we’ll have to wait a little longer to see 70s in Anchorage this year. Temperatures will be close to average for at least the next week, which is mid to upper 50s.

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