Temperatures stay warm while drought conditions spread
For the 26th time this year, Anchorage hit 70 degrees on Thursday. This is the 8th most 70 degree days on record and the summer isn't even over yet.
On average we see our last 70-degree day is on August 12th, but we've seen 70s as late as September 14th, that happened just last year. The average number of 70° days is just 18.
Mid-70s are highly likely again Friday along with partly sunny skies, but cooler air will begin to fill in from the northwest Saturday which will drop our temperatures, but only by about 5 degrees, keeping us near 70° into early next week.
When it comes to rain, we're still nearly an inch below average for the month and drought conditions continue to spread. Abnormally dry conditions have spread to 69 percent of the state with 2 percent in moderate to extreme drought, which has grown from even last week. Both Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula are now seeing moderate drought.
There is a slight chance we'll see rain from isolated thunderstorms Friday and this weekend. Also a chance for rain by the end of next week.
Enjoy the 70s!
-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey