Today marked only the 5th day this month, that temperatures felt like July. The rest of the month has seen unseasonably warm temperatures, which has led to an average temperature of 66.8 degrees. It's enough to make this the warmest July, beating out the previous record by nearly 4 degrees. With less than two weeks remaining in the month and no sign of a significant cool down, this month will likely continue the streak of warmest months on record for Anchorage.

While the first half of the month brought record warmth and little in the way of rain, the second half of the month shows more promise in cooler temperatures. The week ahead looks to bring afternoon highs near 70 degrees each day, with the potential for a few isolated showers through the middle of the week. While the seasonal weather will do little to bring down our average high, it will be a welcoming trend.

One thing to keep in mind, is that haze will still be possible each day as smoke drifts in from the Swan Lake Fire. While little in the way of thick smoke is expected, some areas will continue to deal with a layer of haze on the horizon. This could lead to some moderate air quality concerns through the first part of the week. 

The best stretch of weather looks to arrive through the first two days of the upcoming week, as mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower 70s greet us. Beyond that, cloudy skies and rain chances return in the forecast.

Have a great start to the week!

-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison