It’s shaping up to be an early start to summer in Alaska. A jet stream has pushed to the northernmost portion of the state and is allowing a strong ridge of high pressure to build across the eastern half of Alaska. This means residents can expect sunny skies and soaring temperatures from southeast to the North Slope.
Multiple locations across the state warmed into the 70s on Wednesday. For most areas, this was the first temperature above 70 degrees in 250 or more days.
Eagle and Annette were the warmest spots statewide, both reaching 75 degrees. The temperature in Annette broke the previous record of 73 from 1942. The Juneau Airport reached 73, the first 70-degree temperature since August 26. Fairbanks reached a high of 74 degrees on Wednesday, which is the first high temperature in the 70s since August 17.
Eagle, Alaska became the first place in the state to hit 80 degrees Thursday afternoon.
Anchorage is forecast to surpass the 60-degree mark on Thursday and will reach near-record temperatures on Saturday, possibly breaking 70 degrees. The last time Anchorage reached 60 degrees was on September 10, 2015.
To find a 70-degree high temperature in Anchorage, you have to go back to August 22, 2015. The normal average high temperature for Anchorage in May is around 54 degrees.