Break out the bathing suits, Alaska.
Fairbanks, Alaska, located in the Alaska’s notoriously cold interior where winter temperatures can plummet to -60° Fahrenheit, achieved something it very rarely does on Friday: it hit 90° on Friday afternoon. That made it the first time the mercury has soared to 90° in Alaska’s second-largest city since June 26, 2013.
Think that’s wild? Consider this: Fairbanks, Alaska, a city whose average annual temperature is 27.6°, hit 90° before Los Angeles, CA; Little Rock, AR and Charlotte, NC (all cities that haven’t hit 90° so far in 2017). It also made it the second-earliest 90° on record in Fairbanks, and the earliest since 1947.
Needless to say, Friday’s 90° reading set a new daily record for Fairbanks.
While 90° heat in interior Alaska is rare this early into the summer season, it’s not completely unheard of. Temperatures regularly soar into the 80s and sometimes the 90s in interior Alaska, during the 49th state’s brief six-to-ten week summer season.
Stay with WeatherNation for fun facts and your local forecast!
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi