The latest heat wave to bake a part of the globe is underway in Alaska where several locations, including Anchorage, broke single-day records for high temperatures.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Anchorage had its first-ever recorded temperature of at least 90 degrees on Thursday, breaking the previous record of 85 degrees, which was set 50 years ago.
The #4thofjuly2019 was one for the books. Several ALL-TIME high temperature records were set at official observation sites throughout Southern #Alaska. But that's not all...there were more daily temperature records set too! #AKwx #ItsHotInAlaska pic.twitter.com/GxcdUaD9ld
— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) July 5, 2019
Other locations setting new all-time single-day record high temperatures include Kenai (89 degrees) and King Salmon (89 degrees). More records are expected to be set on Friday.
In a report, the NWS put it bluntly: "The 4th of July 2019 was a day truly for the record books in the
climate department." In fact, the recorded high in Anchorage was hotter than several cities in the lower 48.
High temps, July 4, 2019:
Los Angeles - 74°F
Flagstaff, AZ - 79°F
Reno, NV - 81°F
Hot Springs, AR - 87°F
Anchorage, Alaska - 90°F https://t.co/QmJyR3omnk
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) July 5, 2019
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports sea surface temperatures have reached upwards of 10 degrees above normal, a level that Rick Thoman, a climate specialist at the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, tells the Times is "astronomical."
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A particular set of weather patterns have allowed a dome of heat to settle over southern parts of Alaska. Brian Brettschneider, a climate researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, explained the phenomenon to NBC News:
— NWS Juneau (@NWSJuneau) July 1, 2019
Not only is Alaska anomalously hot at the moment, but also Longyearbyen in Svalbard may reach close to the record-breaking temperatures next days. https://t.co/3mj9XWVC5d
— Mika Rantanen (@mikarantane) July 5, 2019
Alaska's heat wave follows record-breaking temperatures in Europe at the end of June, with climate scientists blaming climate change for the alarming trend.