Don't worry even with clouds and smoke early

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Highs in the mid 70's on Tuesday with mostly sunny skies.

A ridge of high-pressure overhead will shift eastward today (Tuesday) while storm energy moves over the top of and through the ridge. Our hot and mostly dry weather pattern will continue as this may produce a few more clouds on Tuesday. Showers and thunderstorms will be confined primarily to the interior Southcentral, from the Susitna Valley eastward across the Copper River Basin.

An even stronger ridge will build into Southcentral from the west Wednesday through Thursday. The combination of strong subsidence (sinking) air underneath the ridge combined with low-level airflow moving down from the Interior will lead to hot and dry conditions for all of Southcentral, including along the coast.

Mostly sunny on Tuesday in Anchorage after some early clouds and areas of smoke while we warm up to 73 degrees. Tuesday night we drop down to 55 degrees while under mostly clear skies.

Mostly sunny on Wednesday with a high of 75 degrees. Wednesday night we drop down to 56 degrees while under mostly clear skies.

Looking ahead, Anchorage will be mostly sunny on Thursday with a high of 78 degrees.

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