Record high temperatures continue across Alaska
Friday was the 27th day of spring, and all 27 days have been above average in Anchorage.
“This week and last week, it’s warm, but nothing extraordinary,” said Brian Brettschneider, a local climatologist. “But what is extraordinary is the persistence. It’s just gone on and on and on with no break and no end in sight.”
The average high temperature for April 15 is just 44 degrees. Thursday, the Anchorage International Airport was 10 degrees above that.
Thursday’s high temperature was the ninth record high this spring and the 13th time the temperature has made it to 50 degrees this year.
The warm weather is causing many to do a double take.
“It’s really odd, it feels really strange to remember what date it is and think about that used to be like late May,” said Melanie Iverson Kaufman, an Anchorage resident enjoying the warm weather.
“This is pretty crazy, but I like it,” said Sarah McCauley who was out riding her bike Friday.
With all the extra activity near Westchester Lagoon, the Westchester Café is planning to open early this year.
“We do not normally open this early, this is kind of a shock for us,” said Jill Johnston, Owner Westchester Café. “May first is our official open date, but with the great weather and how busy the parks have been we’re going to get moving a little earlier.”
It’s not just Anchorage that’s warm this year — most of the state is seeing an extreme start to the season. Over 160 new record high temperatures were set in the state, just since spring began.
“There are places like at Alyeska and Portage Glacier that have been above normal every single day in 2016,” Brettschneider said.
And we’re not likely to cool down anytime soon.
The Climate Prediction Center’s temperature outlook for now until June shows a 70 percent likelihood that southern Alaska will be above normal.
“Unfortunately not a lot of hope for significant cold weather between now and really for probably the next several months,” Brettschneider said.
A forecast for temperatures that summer enthusiasts are ready to take advantage of now.