Photos: Reveling in a welcome dose of Alaska summer sunshine

Recent rain gave way to blue skies and warm sunshine from Anchorage up to Fairbanks on Thursday.

Thursday’s warm, sunny weather across a swath of Alaska, from Anchorage up to Fairbanks, was welcomed by many who took the opportunity to play outdoors. Summer 2023 has been a cool one with its fair share of rain. The National Weather Service suggests that the sunshine won’t stick around for long, with rain forecast for the weekend in the Anchorage area.

Emily Mesner

Emily Mesner is a multimedia journalist for the Anchorage Daily News. She previously worked for the National Park Service at Denali National Park and Preserve and the Western Arctic National Parklands in Kotzebue, at the Cordova Times and at the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Michigan.

Bill Roth

Bill Roth is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News.

Marc Lester

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