Alaska feeling the heat; nothing new in Louisiana
POSTED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 4:05pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — While south Louisiana has basked in the heat and humidity for several weeks now, residents in southern Alaska are wiping their brows with record high temperatures in the 80s and 90s.
A large, clear air-mass, sitting over southern Alaska, is to blame for heating things up in towns surrounding Anchorage, Alaska. On Monday afternoon, the towns of Talkeetna, Cordova, Valdez, and Seward shattered their all-time record highs; some records date back as far as the early 1950s.
- Talkeetna, Alaska reached 96ºF June 17, 2013. Their previous all-time high temperature was 91ºF on June 16, 2013, June 14, 1969, and June 26, 1953.
- Cordova, Alaska reached 90ºF June 17, 2013. Their previous all-time high temperatures was 89ºF set on July 16, 1995.
- Valdez, Alaska reached 90ºF June 17, 2013. Their previous all-time high temperature was 87ºF set on June 25 and 26, 1953.
- Seward, Alaska reached 88ºF June 17, 2013. Their previous all-time high temperature was 87º set on July 4, 1999.
Afternoon highs, reaching the mid to upper-80s through the mid-90s, are not out of the ordinary during the month of June in south Louisiana. According to the National Weather Service in New Orleans, June high-temperatures should warm into the lower-90s, while lows start in the lower-70s.
In Baton Rouge, the coolest high temperature this month was 87ºF on June 2 and 7, while the warmest high temperature was 95ºF on June 14. So far, 95º was the hottest temperature recorded in the Hub City this year.
Looking at the forecast through the rest of the month, it appears there won't be any major, temperature changes in south Louisiana's weather. Highs are expected to stay in the 90s, with morning lows in the 70s. (Click here for the forecast in Baton Rouge.) However, southern Alaska can expect their brief heatwave to end by the end of this week. In the Alaskan towns that crushed their all-time heat records, high temperatures will fall into 60s and 70s by Friday.
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