A weather pattern flip brings clouds back into the picture, could affect fires

Published: Jun. 14, 2019 at 12:19 PM AKDT
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Highs in the mid 60's on Friday with partly cloudy skies.

Low pressure will continue to move north on Friday and create a pattern shift in the weather. These storms will bring cooler and cloudier conditions to much of Southcentral Alaska.

It's a pretty weak system, so just some isolated showers will occur as the low pushes inland. These conditions will closely mimic the low-pressure storms from earlier in the week. The low will also keep the sun from altering the atmosphere's stability, keeping things on the quieter side, so thunderstorm activity should continue to diminish the next couple of days.

Showery activity is expected for most places heading into the weekend, but generally quiet weather for the most part.

Friday begins a shift in the pattern, which will bring more moist air and cooler temperatures to the region for the weekend. This all centers on a front that is entering the Gulf of Alaska Friday, and which will move inland Saturday. Gusty winds through the typical channeled areas will also occur with this system.

Our fire risks are potentially balancing out. We see some gusty winds but with moisture levels on the rise. Rain chances will be increasing in the area which does not mean storms will put the fire out, but the precipitation has the chance to help and even deliver some relief.

The Western Kenai Peninsula could see humidity levels go from 40-50 percent with even a rise up to 85 percent; dynamics that oppose fire conditions. Clouds and rain will add to the moisture but then the storms could help produce 25 mph wind gusts, which is a weather variable that favors fire weather.

Partly cloudy on Friday in Anchorage with a high near 66 degrees. Friday night we drop down to 52 degrees while under mostly cloudy skies with light turning out of the southwest from 10-20 mph winds along with gusts up to 20 mph but up to 35 mph along Turnagain Arm and in higher elevations

Mostly cloudy on Saturday with a high of 63 degrees with variable 10 mph winds but with winds up to 25 mph along Turnagain Arm and in higher elevations. Saturday night we drop down to 52 degrees while under mostly cloudy skies.

Looking ahead, Anchorage will be mostly cloudy on Sunday while we warm up to 67 degrees for a high temperature with 25 mph winds along Turnagain Arm and in higher elevations.

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