Record heat broils parts of Alaska
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:50:10 GMT —
The forecasted temperature for Wednesday will be 90F... in Fairbanks, Alaska.
While Northern Michigan residents and visitors alike sit under high pressure and very comfortable if not even a tad cool weather for mid-June, Interior Alaska is seeing record breaking heat.
A large ridge of high pressure remains situated across much of that state leading to a major concern for wildfires and of course record warmth. Much of Interior Alaska is placed under a Red Flag Warning for concerns of major wildfire potential. Fairbanks, which sits in interior Alaska averages a 90F temperature about once every five years in the month of June or twice a decade since 1981. Overall for the whole year, they get a 90F temperature about every other year. With that being said, they will not reach the record all-time high of 99F set July 28, 1919.
Even 500 miles north of Fairbanks around Barrow and Prudhoe Bay, temperatures will sit close to 60F along the Arctic Ocean. That warm to hot weather will continue into early this weekend there before temperatures moderate some.
Closer to home, Northern Michigan will end up with a string of dry and sunny days through at least Friday with high pressure transiting across the area. Warmer weather will arrive here this upcoming weekend with signs of temperatures climbing well into the 80's in spots with scattered thunderstorms.