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Record-smashing heat wave bakes Alaska, worsening wildfires and melting sea ice

Record-smashing heat wave bakes Alaska, worsening wildfires and melting sea ice

CLOSEStory HighlightsJuneau broke a 110-year-old record on Saturday.”Persons with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside.”The northern Bering and southern Chukchi seas are “baking.”People cool off in Wasilla Lake in Wasilla, Alaska, on June 14, 2019. (Photo: Mark Thiessen, AP)Record-smashing heat has scorched Alaska over the past few days, and even worse heat is in store for the week ahead.On Saturday, downtown Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, hit 83 degrees, breaking a record that had stood for 110 years.The heat has also exacerbated a wildfire near Anchorage that’s brought extremely smoky skies to the city. Late Sunday, people walked through midtown Anchorage covering their faces with their shirts, the Anchorage Daily News reported.Smoke from the blaze has been covering the Anchorage area since the early morning hours of Thursday, AccuWeather said.”Persons with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside,” the National Weather Service warned in a “dense smoke advisory” issued for the eastern Kenai Peninsula not far from Anchorage.The fire, known as the Swan Lake fire, was 106 square miles in size and was only 17% contained as of Sunday night.A Dense Smoke Advisory has been issued for the interior Kenai Peninsula southward to Seward. To learn more about this advisory, visit https://t.co/0F3X6dB32SBe sure to follow @AlaskaDOTPF for current rd conditions . #AKwx#SwanLakeFire#Alaskapic.twitter.com/lHXwAxK6S6— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) July 1, 2019Saturday was only the fifth day since 1952 that Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks were all 81 degrees or warmer, according to Alaska-based climatologist Brian Brettschneider. The temperature in Anchorage on Sunday soared to 82 degrees, the city’s highest reading in three years, the weather service said.People were advised by the weather service to “be sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water – don’t wait until you are thirsty!”In central Alaska, residents of Fairbanks had their own wildfire to deal with: Emergency officials issued evacuation warnings Sunday to some residents there as the Shovel Creek wildfire burned nearby.Very warm temps broke a few more record highs Sat, including a 110 year old record. In 1909 Downtown Juneau reached 80 degrees, it was surpassed by the 83 yesterday. More very warm temperatures may threaten records today. #akwx .@KTOOpubmedia .@800KINY .@ravenradio .@KFSK1pic.twitter.com/JHpx264T2v— NWS Juneau (@NWSJuneau) June 30, 2019Without air conditioning, temperatures in homes skyrocketed to levels not usually found in Alaska: “With fans running and the doors/windows open, (I) was able to get the house temperature below 75 degrees F for the first time in days,” Brettschneider said Sunday.Along the state’s northern coast, melting sea ice is the main worry because of extremely warm ocean temperatures. Though not tied into this specific heat wave in southern Alaska, unusual springtime heat along the north coast melted sea ice along northern Alaska. The ice disappeared far earlier than normal this spring, alarming coastal residents who rely on wildlife and fish.The early melting has been “crazy,” said Janet Mitchell of Kivalina. Rick Thoman, a climatologist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, posted on social media last week that the northern Bering and southern Chukchi seas are “baking.”In fact, sea surface temperatures last week there were as high as 9 degrees above the 1981-2010 average.Meanwhile, in southern Alaska, the next heat wave will be worse than the one over the weekend:“It’s forecast to be stronger and hotter than the one we just had,” Patrick Doll, a meteorologist with the weather service in Anchorage, told the Daily News. “Think of what we’ve been experiencing and tack on 2-4 degrees.”Brettschneider tweeted that “we may approach all-time records in places.”The state’s all-time record high temperature of 100 degrees – which is not forecast to be be broken – was set in Fort Yukon in June 1915. Alaska and Hawaii are the only two states where the state’s all-time high is “only” 100 degrees. Contributing: The Associated PressToday was about as warm as it ever gets in Anchorage, it was a Saturday, and the store is in an ethnically and economically diverse part of town. If there’s ever a time and a place to assess how many people in Anchorage wear shorts, it was today 2/— Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) June 30, 2019Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/01/alaska-heat-wave-record-heat-fuels-wildfires-melting-sea-ice/1616992001/
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