Waiting for the warmth…sort of

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Though Southcentral hasn’t seen days on end of bright sunshine, temperatures have been running warmer than normal—at least slightly. Locations in Southcentral were between .8 and 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit above normal for the month of May*. Most Southcentral locations have not hit 70 degrees yet this year. The outliers in that situation are around Glennallen and Gulkana, both of which saw 70 degrees on May 22 and May 21 respectively.

The “mean” day for Anchorage to see 70 degrees for the first time is June 6**. The forecast for the week puts temperatures in the mid-60s over the next seven days but it’s not likely the official temperature will hit 70 this week. The earliest in the year Anchorage has hit 70 degrees is May 8 in 1981 and the latest was July 25, 1987.

Talkeetna and other locations in the Susitna Valley have a chance to see 70 degrees on Monday as some sunshine moves in during the afternoon. Talkneetna’s mean day for the first 70 degree temperature is May 27. Palmer and Wasilla could see temperatures slip over the 70 degree mark on Monday as well though the current forecast is for 69 degrees. Palmer usually sees 70 degrees by late May.

The rest of the state has been holding on to the warm temperatures as well. Western Alaska was warmer than normal during the month of May with locations seeing between 2.6 and 7.4 degrees above 1980-2010 normals.* The area of the state that was most above normal for May was northern Alaska. Most locations were between 6.6 and 11.4 degrees above normal.

*Data from @AlaskaWx. Data courtesy NOAA/NCEI & NWS, PRISM, B. Brettschneider/UAF, P. Duplessis/Dalhousie U.

**Data on 70 degree days from NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center

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