Courtesy of NBC News:
Alaska could experience record high temperatures in the coming days as a massive heat dome parks over the region, sending temperatures higher than have ever been recorded in the state.
The unusual heat wave is expected to bring temperatures of 87 degrees or higher over the next five days, stretching from July 4 through July 8.
“Expect record or near-record high temperatures each day,” the National Weather Service said Wednesday in its short-term forecast for south-central Alaska.
The agency added that temperatures through Friday could match or break the all-time high temperature record set at Anchorage International Airport of 85 degrees on June 14, 1969. “The most likely days for this to occur would be Thursday or Friday,” the National Weather Service forecast said.
The current record in Alaska’s largest city could even be surpassed over several days, according to Brian Brettschneider, a climate researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
“It’s entirely possible that the warmest temperature ever recorded in Anchorage could be exceeded three to five days in a row,” Brettschneider said. “That’s the definition of unusual.”
It is literally so hot right now that I am refusing to leave my house unless I absolutely have to.
Oh, and did I mention that fact that we are on fire as well?
According to data that is about three days old now there are 115 fires burning all around the state.
Last weekend those of us in Anchorage were blanketed by smoke coming from a fire in Kenai, and three days ago there was a fire across the damn street from my neighborhood that I did not even know about until the following day.
As you might imagine there was a fireworks ban in place yesterday which of course did not stop morons from doing what morons do.
There is also a ban on campfires around the state.
Seriously it’s like I am living in California right now, only without the beaches and movie studios.
But hey, according to the Republicans global warming is a liberal myth.
Update: So this happened yesterday.
— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) July 5, 2019
I am now taking two showers a day. Which is something I have not done since I spent that year in Hawaii attending college.
I have to say that 90 degrees in Alaska feels infinitely hotter than 90 degrees in other places I have visited.