Record warmth across Southcentral
Record warmth has been a never ending story across Alaska this summer and that trend continued through the first week of August. Another record high was hit toady, as Ted Stevens saw a high of 77 degrees. While it only tied the high set back in 2015, it's a record nonetheless that will go down in what has been a wild summer across the region.
High pressure continues to remain in control of the weather and while it has shifted off to the west, we're still feeling the effects of it. Highs will continue to climb each and everyday this week into the 70s, which will only drive our seasonal average up. Currently 2019 is the warmest summer on record and with little to no relief in the forecast through the next several days, it's likely this trend will continue to hold.
Although the high will still have a grip on us into the weekend, things will begin to slowly backtrack to seasonal conditions. Saturday and Sunday will both see highs in the lower 70s, with the return to stormier and cooler conditions into next week.
We look to finally bring an end to our dry streak as we head into next week, as our next system will likely bring some much needed rain. Not only could we see some rain, but temperatures will be nearly 10-15 degrees cooler in many spots, as cloud coverage will keep temperatures feeling more like August.
For now, get out and enjoy the sunshine and warmer days.
Have a great Thursday!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison