Taking advantage of an intense heat wave that broke long-standing records yesterday, residents of Anchorage, Alaska, headed to the beach at Goose Lake.
The AP reports that in other spots, it got in even hotter: “All-time highs were recorded elsewhere, including 96 degrees on Monday 80 miles to the north in the small community of Talkeetna, purported to be the inspiration for the town in the TV series, Northern Exposure and the last stop for climbers heading to Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain. One unofficial reading taken at a lodge near Talkeetna even measured 98 degrees, which would tie the highest undisputed temperature recorded in Alaska.
“That record was set in 1969, according to Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the online forecasting service Weather Underground. “‘This is the hottest heat wave in Alaska since ’69,’ he said. ‘You’re way, way from normal.'”
NBC News reports that the unusual heat follows an unrelenting winter that hung on until the end of May, when the state gets 18 hours of sunlight a day.
“Eventually, the sun is going to win out, and once it did, boy, did things change in a hurry,” Michael Lawson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Anchorage office, told NBC News.
This from the Seattle Sun Times: ANCHORAGE — A heat wave hitting Alaska may not rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of the 49th state, the days of hot weather feel like a stifling oven — or a tropical paradise.
With temperatures topping 80 degrees in Anchorage, and higher in other parts of the state, people have been sweltering in a place where few homes have air conditioning.
They’re sunbathing and swimming at local lakes, hosing down their dogs and cleaning out supplies of fans in at least one local hardware store. Mid-June normally brings high temperatures in the 60s in Anchorage.
State health officials even took the unusual step of posting a Facebook message reminding people to slather on the sunscreen.
Some people aren’t so thrilled, complaining that it’s just too hot.
On Tuesday, the official afternoon high in Anchorage was 81 degrees, breaking the city’s record of 80 set in 1926 for that date.
Other smaller communities are seeing even higher temperatures.
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