ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - While under mostly sunny skies Anchorage warms into the mid 70's.
High pressure continues to dominate the area keeping most locations under light winds and above-average temperatures. This trend will continue through much of today (Monday) leading to high temperatures for many locations above yesterday's (Sunday's) highs. Even under the high pressure, there will still be a chance for showers in the mountains with a slight chance of seeing thunderstorms over the Talkeetna Mountains.
Tuesday (tomorrow) will see a change from the dry pattern with a trough of low pressure (inverted trough looks more like a ridge) to the south that will push into Southcentral Alaska from the east. This storm energy will bring rain back to many areas around Southcentral Alaska with the heaviest rain in the mountains. It will also bring a chance for thunderstorms to areas around the Copper River Basin and the Talkeetna Mountains. Low lying areas around Cook Inlet may also see some showers but any rain looks to be light
Mostly sunny in Anchorage on Monday while we warm up to 74 degrees with areas of smoke. Monday night we drop down to 60 degrees while under partly cloudy skies turning mostly cloudy skies.
Mostly cloudy on Tuesday while we see a high of 69 degrees. Tuesday night we drop down to 57 degrees while under mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of some rain showers.
Looking ahead, Anchorage will be mostly cloudy on Wednesday with a high of 68 degrees.
Southcentral Fire Weather: A period of warmer and drier conditions is still expected for Monday with the high pressure over the area. A few mountain showers are possible, including a slight risk of wet thunderstorms in the Talkeetna Mountains Monday afternoon. Cooler conditions with higher humidities are expected across the area on Tuesday (tomorrow) as the high pressure pushes off to the northeast and then storm energy from the east moves into the region. The only potential concern with this easterly wave of storm energy is that if it is stronger than currently expected, it could be a trigger for widespread thunderstorms as the sun heats us up during the day thus destabilizing the atmosphere.
Southwest Fire Weather: Fire weather concerns are minimal across Southwest Alaska thanks to continued stable conditions and extensive cloud cover through Monday Morning (this morning). Cloud cover diminishes and temperatures start to warm today (Monday) as the ridge of high-pressure shifts to the east. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible in the higher terrain Tuesday (tomorrow) as the air mass becomes more unstable.
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