Cooler temperatures return to the forecast
After 6 straight days of record-high temperatures in Anchorage, a break is in the forecast. Temperatures will be noticeably cooler on Tuesday as the cool-down begins, but that won't stop the potential for another day of record heat in Alaska's biggest city.
Temperatures will drop by about 8 degrees from Monday to Tuesday. That drop in temps comes from light winds out of the west and a couple stray clouds in the sky. The combination of light westerly wind, the clouds, and cooler temperatures will make the drop in the mercury noticeable. That means, those who didn't get the few fans and air conditioners in town will finally find some relief.
Unfortunately, the change in the forecast doesn't offer much help in terms of smoke. Air quality reached unhealthy levels Tuesday morning, and will likely hover between moderate and unhealthy in the coming days. The persistent dry pattern allowed many wildfires to grow across the state.
Wednesday will cool even more! A perfect 72 degrees with a few clouds in the sky. It doesn't get much better than that.
Thursday will start our stretch of temps hovering right near 70. A storm moving through the Gulf will bring a few more clouds to Anchorage, but most of the moisture from the storm itself should stay out of the bowl.
Though we will see a major drop in temperatures and the return of clouds and the chance of rain for some, we will continue with our above normal temperatures. The normal for this time of year is 65, we will be above that every day for at least the next week.
Enjoy the cool-down!
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo