Heat Wave Sets Records Across State

New record-high temperatures are being recorded in many places around the state Monday, with Talkeetna topping the charts at 94 degrees. It’s their second-straight day of record-high heat.

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Seward also hit its all time high temperature today, with thermometers reaching 88 degrees.

And the Prince William Sound communities of Valdez and Cordova set new record highs, both reaching 90 degrees.

In Southeast Alaska, Yakutat reached a new high of 74 degrees, toppling a record set back in 1967.

Temperatures haven’t quite reached their peak for the day in the Interior and Northern portions of the state, but, according to Christopher Cox, with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks, it’s going to be hot.

“Record to near-record temperatures are being experienced across most of Northern Alaska. We’re expecting high temperatures today in the mid- to upper-80s, even pushing low 90s much of the Central Interior,” he said.

Temperatures across the state are expected to cool off slightly around the state later this week, but will remain higher than normally forecast this time of year.

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