June and July were much warmer than average in Anchorage. August is trending even warmer during its first two weeks.
The average temperature in Anchorage in June was 60.5 degrees, 5.3 degrees warmer than normal, the National Weather Service says. July was even warmer with an average of 65.3 degrees, 6.5 degrees above normal.
“Through the first 12 days of August, the average temperature is 7.3 degrees above normal,” Eddie Zingone, a meteorologist with Anchorage, said Tuesday. So far, this month’s average temperature is 65.8 degrees, he said.
Rinse and repeat!#Anchorage has set a new record high for today, reaching 77º so far. The previous record was 75º set in 2007, 1977, & 1963.— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) August 13, 2019
The days of record warmth are numbered. Much cooler weather headed our way this weekend. See https://t.co/9shRFYMbfM for more.#AKwx
We’ve talked about our high temperatures now let’s talk about the lows. It has been 53 consecutive days since our low temps have dipped below 50°F. That ties 2013 for 2nd place! 1st place was the summer of 2016 with 79 consecutive days of lows 50°F and above. #AKwx pic.twitter.com/QFlu9cz71N— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) August 13, 2019
High temperatures in Anchorage have reached at least 70 degrees on 43 days this year, beating a record of 42 days from 2013. That record is expected to grow, the weather service said.
The high temperature in Anchorage on Tuesday was 77 degrees. This broke a daily high record of 75 degrees, the weather service reported. Anchorage has now reached at least 75 degrees on 27 days this year, crushing the record of 15 days in 2015.
Anchorage should see highs greater than 70 degrees for the rest of the week, said Zingone.
A nine-day stretch starting July 1 was the longest streak of days at or above 75 degrees in Anchorage history, weather service records show. The last seven days, Aug. 6 through Tuesday, have been the second longest streak on record.
On Independence Day this year, Anchorage had its hottest day on record at 90 degrees, beating a 50-year record. The longstanding record of 85 degrees dated back to June 14, 1969.
A contributing factor to Anchorage’s recording breaking heat this summer is partially due to a warmer ocean.
“Ocean temperatures are running about five degrees warmer this year, that helps minimize the cooling effect of an onshore breeze compared to most years,” said meteorologist Patrick Doll.