A week of warmth and sun ahead
Forecast models are in strong agreement through the first half of the week. This typically happens when there is a strong atmospheric forcer that dominates the forecast. That is exactly what we have across the Gulf of Alaska and much of the state.
Our ridge of high pressure will continue to keep us dry in Anchorage through the week. But a storm out to the west will funnel clouds and showers into parts of the Interior. As close as Willow and Talkeetna you will be able to find clouds and rain.
That will remain the trend for the next couple of days. Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-70s in Anchorage.
Temperatures in the mid-70s put us about 10 degrees above normal for this time of year.
Our ridge of high pressure looks to break down later this week, but at this time the forecast calls for more sunshine and warmth thanks to offshore flow or winds out of the north.
A typical August boasts just 3 days with high temperatures in the 70s in Anchorage. This warmth is very out of the ordinary.
Looking for a lake to dive in,
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo