Whether or not temperature records are broken, protracted periods of weather in the high 70s and low 80s are unusual for Anchorage. Alaskans simply aren't used to this kind of heat.
And it's a stark contrast to last summer, when Anchorage experienced its fourth-wettest July on record, and The Weather Channel awarded the city the unenviable accolade of first place in its list of the top-five U.S. cities with the worst summer weather.
Typical for Alaska, Anchorage will not feel the worst of the heat wave. Parts of the state's interior are forecast to be much hotter. For example, the National Weather Service in Fairbanks has forecast highs in the 80s and above through the next week.