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Anchorage breaks record for 70-degree-plus days in a row

Casey Grove
Volak Long takes cover during a water fight as people beat the heat by playing in the shallow waters of Campbell Creek near Lake Otis Parkway on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
Bill Roth
Kenneth Chau and Vasna Nou, both 9, beat the heat by playing in the shallow waters of Campbell Creek near Lake Otis Parkway on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Anchorage broke a record on Tuesday for hitting 70 degrees or more for the 14th straight day.
Bill Roth
Children beat the heat by playing in the shallow waters of Campbell Creek near Lake Otis Parkway on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
Bill Roth
Kan Kil floats face-first in the cool waters of Campbell Creek, near Lake Otis Parkway, while beating the heat on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Anchorage broke a record on Tuesday for hitting 70 degrees or more for the 14th straight day.
Bill Roth

The hot weather of July 2013 will go down in the history books: Anchorage on Tuesday broke the all-time record for consecutive days of 70 degrees or warmer, according to the National Weather Service.

Sure, that's not a heat wave by Lower 48 standards, but for Alaska it's downright balmy.

Tuesday marked the 14th straight day of 70 degrees or more for Alaska's largest city, breaking the previous record of 13 days, the Weather Service said in a written statement. The mercury hit that level three times in recorded memory, in 1936, 1953 and 2004, the Weather Service said.

Anchorage is also on the verge of breaking another heat record for the number of 70-degree-plus days this summer. So far, there have been 38 such days, putting 2013 in fourth place for that record, the Weather Service says. The record of 49 days was set in 2004.

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4589.

National Weather Service statement on Anchorage record
By CASEY GROVE
casey.grove@adn.com