Anchorage cold is remarkable but not record-breaking

Looking over Anchorage. Bradan 12-17-19

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Anchorage has seen unusually cold weather since January 3 and while it’s definitely a conversation starter, the temperatures haven’t been record-breaking. They have been remarkable.

Anchorage hit -10 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday morning. The record for January 5 is -34 degrees, set back in 1975, according to the National Weather Service.

This was the first time since January 19, 2017 -- when the low temperature was -15 degrees—that Anchorage hit -10 degrees or colder. Before that, we had to go back to December 17, 2013 to find another -10 degree or colder day.

Dropping to -10 degrees used to happen almost every year. Between 1953 and 2013, there were only 4 years where the city didn’t drop below -10 degrees.

The unofficial low for Monday, January 6 is -11 degrees. Temperatures will slowly warm up through the rest of the week but expect cold air to return by the end of the month.

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