Warm summer temperatures in Southcentral Alaska are off to a slow start this year. So far this summer, the thermometer has only topped 70 degrees three times: on May 31, June 1, and July 6. The warmest temperature of the year so far is 75 degrees, recorded June 1, which means Anchorage has yet to hit the 80-degree mark this summer. Through July 10 of last year, Anchorage had already recorded one 80-degree temperature and 14 70-degree temperatures. Summer 2015 saw a dozen 70-degree highs through early July, and had already hit 80 degrees four times. High temperatures in Anchorage this summer have been running near or slightly below normal, thanks to more cloudy days than the previous two summers.

Anchorage will finally add to the warm summer days later this week, as a strong ridge of high pressure builds across the mainland. The warmup will bring 70 and 80-degree temperatures to Southcentral Alaska on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The warmest temperatures are forecast for Thursday afternoon, with upper 70s in Anchorage and coastal areas. The record high for Thursday’s date in Anchorage is 77 degrees, set in 2003. Inland locations of Southcentral will likely see temperatures in the low to mid-80s Thursday.