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The Sun Won’t Set Again in Utqiagvik, Alaska Until August

11 May 2020, 8:13 am

Hope that our friends in northern Alaska have their blackout shades ready to go.

After Monday morning’s sunrise, the sun will not set on the town of Utqiagvik, Alaska again until August 2nd. The sun rose at 2:45 am local time on Monday, and it will not set again until 1:52 am on the morning of August 2nd.

Not only that, but Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow) also set a record high on Sunday, getting up to a ‘sweltering’ 37 degrees, according to the National Weather Service office in Fairbanks.

Located on Alaska’s northern fringes and along the shores of the Arctic Sea, Utqiagvik is north of the Arctic Circle, meaning it’s so far north that it’s firmly in the so-called “land of the midnight sun”. In the winter, the sun sets in late November for the last time until late January, a two-plus month sun-free window.

But now, during the summer, the sun will stay above the town of 4,000 people’s horizon until August. Temperatures, however, rarely warm too much here: Utqiagvik’s ‘warmest’ average high temperature is only 47 degrees during July, and the hottest all-time temperature ever recorded here was a 79 degree reading back in 1993.

It’s a deceptive sunshine to say the least, but at least there’s plenty of it now and through the summer.

We’ll have more Alaska weather tidbits later in the day on Monday! Stay tuned.

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