The National Weather Service in Anchorage, Alaska reports the official temperature at the Anchorage International Airport hit 90° July 4th.
Not only was this the hottest July 4th on record for Anchorage, but it was the hottest the temperature has ever been in Alaska’s largest city. Coincidentally, Anchorage’s temperature matched Waterloo’s (although we had a bit more humidity).
It’s not very common that Alaska gets this hot. There were three other cities that reached all time record high temperatures. Kenai reached 89°, breaking the record of 87° set back on June 26, 1953 and June 18, 1903. King Salmon also reached 89°, breaking the previous record of 88° set back on June 27, 1953. Palmer reached 88°, tying the record reached within the last decade, May 27, 2011.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Alaska was 100°. This happened in Fort Yukon, AK on June 27, 1915.