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Fourth of July week could bring 2018’s warmest days in Southcentral Alaska

Kids enrolled in the YMCA of Alaska Summer Day Camp program paddle a canoe towards shore at Goose Lake , June 20, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN).

As the weekend ends and Independence Day arrives on Wednesday, Southcentral Alaska can expect sunny skies and the year's warmest days so far, the National Weather Service says.

Starting Monday, the weather should become downright "pleasant" for Alaskans who like their summers warm, with the trend possibly extending into next weekend, said Samuel Shea, an NWS meteorologist.

Temperatures in the upper 70s could arrive Tuesday across Anchorage, he said. Parts of the region, such in the Susitna Valley heading toward Willow and Talkeetna, should even be flirting with temperatures in the 80s.

The warm, dry weather will be a "very dramatic change," from the relatively cooler, wetter weather in past weeks. Forecasts call for thunderstorms in areas north of Anchorage on Sunday.

"We're looking at Tuesday as being the hottest day of the year potentially," he said.

A low-pressure system that's dominated the region should be replaced by a high-pressure system with sunny weather, he said.

Accurate forecasts in Alaska beyond four days can be iffy, but signs points to relatively little chance of showers next week in the region, he said.

"We may get some clouds popping up in the mountains, maybe a (slight) shower here and there, but the chances are incredibly low," he said.

Here's the forecast through next week.

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