Cooling down but still smoky today

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - While under partly cloudy skies Anchorage warms into the low 70's.

Partly sunny in Anchorage on Friday while we warm up to 71 degrees with areas of smoke. Friday night we drop down to 55 degrees while under mostly cloudy skies while 15 mph winds out of the southwest become light plus areas of smoke.

Mostly cloudy on Saturday while we see a high of 66 degrees. Friday night we drop down to 52 degrees while under mostly cloudy skies plus areas of smoke.

Looking ahead, Anchorage will be partly sunny on Sunday with a high of 65 degrees.

Fire Weather: Fire weather concerns will diminish as we head through the next few days. Most of southwest Alaska has already stabilized under the influence of the ridge of high pressure in from the west and associated intrusion of sea air from the Bering Sea. Southcentral remains unstable, but storms will initiate primarily over interior mountains and weak storm motion will keep them from evolving and moving very far. Expect cloud cover to gradually increase each day through the weekend, leading to more stable conditions. Thunderstorms will likely be confined to the Copper River Basin by Saturday and Sunday.

Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire did move up into the Anchorage area overnight Wednesday through Thursday morning with light surface winds out of the south. The 4 am weather tests also showed a steep temperature inversion off the surface which trapped the smoke up against the mountains. The light air flow out of the south and overnight inversions make it likely that periods of smoke will persist in the Anchorage area in the next few days.

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