Back to normal temperatures, but still missing the rain
July is typically the warmest month of the year in Anchorage with an average high temperature of 65° and lows around 52°. This year's July started out as the warmest on record but it is beginning to settle back to a more normal level with highs in the mid-60s through the weekend and into early next week. Eventually, by late in the week we'll see more sunshine and temperatures will being to sneak back in the low to mid-70s.
When it comes to precipitation, we are still from normal. July is typically the fourth wettest month on average for Anchorage and so far, we've seen just .01" of rain. On average we normally get 1.83" of rain in Anchorage during the month of July.
Despite the increased cloud cover and cooler temperatures, there is no significant rain in the forecast. The one storm system that will move into Southcentral early next week will stay to our south, only bringing rain to the coastal areas with just chances for drizzle in Anchorage. There is also a slight chance for thunderstorms, which could bring rain, but right now anything that does develop over the coming days will likely stay in the mountains and Mat-Su.
Bottom line, enjoy the cooler temperatures while the last, but for now, remember conditions are drier than normal and fire danger is high.
Have a great weekend!
-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey