Cooler weather helps firefighting efforts, sun returns mid-week

Swan Lake Fire as seen at 2:15 a.m. from Brown's Lake. (Photo Courtesy Mary Jo Joiner)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Rain showers and cooler temperatures over the weekend gave a boost to firefighters on the Swan Lake Fire on the Kenai Peninsula. According to fire officials, the crews used the cooler weather and “made progress improving the fire line along the southwest edge of the fire near the community of Sterling.”

Clouds and cooler temperatures continue on the Kenai through midweek though the chance of additional rain showers is pretty small. The pattern shifts on Wednesday with drier, warmer weather returning. Look for mostly sunny skies and temperatures moving back into the upper 60s.

Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valleys can expect a similar pattern with mostly cloudy to cloudy skies through Tuesday. Nice long sunny breaks are expected with temperatures jumping back into the upper 60s/low 70s.

Overall for the past two weeks, Anchorage has been running warmer than normal with 11 of the last 13 days above average. The high in Anchorage hit 62 degrees Fahrenheit which was one degree below the average high for that day.

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