On Sunday, temperatures in Alaska rose to 92ºF in Northway near the state’s Yukon border, smashing the all-time heat record set in 1942 and sparking wildfires. Temperatures in Anchorage peaked at 82, marking the city’s hottest day in three years.
The crazy weather ends a month that saw record or near-record heat across much of the state, including the hottest June on record for Anchorage, Rick Thoman, a climate scientist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, told Earther.
And the hot June came on the heels of a hot May, which followed a hot April, which followed a record-smashingly hot March, and well, you get the idea. It’s been hot in Alaska.