Record heat from Bethel to Anchorage
Record-setting heat continues across Alaska! Anchorage was 20° above normal again Monday with a high temperature of 85°. This breaks the 11th record high temperature of this heat wave and 20th of the year.
Even warmer temperatures were recorded in western Alaska where the all-time record high was broken in Bethel when the thermometer reached 91°. The previous highest temperature on record was 90° set back in the 1920s. Talkeetna also reached 91°.
Sick of the heat? There's good news, cooler weather is on the way!
The ridge of high pressure that has been keeping the state warm is showing signs of weakening. This will allow low pressure to move in from the west increasing cloud cover and allowing cooler air to move in. It'll be a slow transition, but temperatures will drop to the mid-70s Tuesday, then down to the upper 60s and low 70s by the end of the week.
We'll still be dry and warmer than normal, but hopefully more comfortable and the cooler air should help the firefighters working to control the hundreds of thousands of acres burning across the state.
-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey