Record-setting heat wave continues
90 degrees on the 4th of July became the warmest temperature ever recorded in Anchorage, Alaska. The previous record for the 4th, just 77 degrees. 90 not only shatters the record for the day, but also the all-time warmest temperature in Alaska's biggest city. The previous record of 85 degrees stood for more than 50 years after it was set on June 14th, 1969.
Friday will bring about another round of record warmth. The previous record for this day was set back in 1999, that 77-degree day was considered a scorcher by Anchorage standards. Today, we will likely climb into the mid-80s. 85 degrees would be the hottest day ever in Anchorage— if we didn't hit 90 on the 4th. That is just how hot it is right now.
The same weather pattern responsible for the heat will likely keep smoke in the forecast as well. Sinking air and light wind remains in the forecast. Air quality reached unhealthy levels early Friday as the smoke settled into the Anchorage bowl. The smoke will likely stick around through the weekend.
No immediate relief is in the forecast. Temperatures will remain hot and the sun will dominate right through the weekend. Sunny and low-80s will remain the trend. Each and every day will be a new record high temperature if the forecast holds.
The best shot at relief doesn't arrive for at least a week. Even then it airs on the side of wishful thinking.
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo