July closes as warmest month ever recorded
It's official, this month closed as the warmest month ever recorded for Anchorage. The average temperature for the month was 65.3 degrees, a whopping 6.5 degrees above average. A large portion of the month brought record-breaking warmth, thanks to a rather expansive area of high pressure. That high has returned again and will once again feature warmer than normal temperatures and little rain over the coming days.
August will start of seasonal, thanks to a fairly week cold front that is digging through the state. While no rain can be expected for Southcentral, mostly cloudy skies will occur overnight into Thursday. Other than increasing clouds and a shift in our wind, the cold front won't do much for the area. Many areas will see temperatures a few degrees cooler, but still seasonal for the region. Clouds should begin to break in the late afternoon and early evening, paving the way for a beautiful weekend.
High pressure to our south will strengthen this weekend and bring the return to some sunshine and highs back in the 70s. It'll be nice if you have any plans to head to the Salmon Festival or any other outdoor activities. Heading into the first full week of August, we'll start right where we ended July; on a warm note.
Have a great Thursday!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison