Here in Washington, D.C., we track 90-degree days. Up in the Last Frontier, they have a slightly lower standard: 70 degrees is considered basking in warmth.
On Monday, Anchorage reached the 70-degree threshold for a record 14th straight day, breaking 2004’s record of 13. Alaska’s largest city could add another few days to the streak, with forecast highs around 70 through Friday.
In addition to the record-breaking 70-degree streak, Anchorage is closing in on the most 70-degree days logged over an entire summer. It has 38 so far, compared to the record of 49 from 2004.
To its north, Fairbanks has also been unseasonably warm. Reports the Associated Press:
[T]emperatures Monday reached 80 or higher for the 29th day this summer. The record is 30 days of 80 degrees or higher, set in 2004.
Consider Fairbanks averages just 11 80-degree days per summer (compared to this year’s 29, already).
Interestingly, Anchorage and Fairbanks have experienced their heat waves just as Washington, D.C. and the eastern U.S. have turned cool. That’s often the case…as an atmosphere see-saw tends to set up between northwest North America and its eastern counterpart.
Notice that Anchorage’s other big year for warmth was 2004. In Washington, D.C., the summer of 2004 was the among the top 5 coolest in the last 30.