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Alaska Summer Heat 'Off Charts'

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Residents of Anchorage and other south-central cities completed a fifth week of above-normal temperatures, including a record high 90 degrees July 4 in the state's largest city. (Anne Raup/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 31 July 2019 08:10 PM

The state of Alaska is warming faster than any other, having heated up more than 3.6 degrees over the past century — double the global average — with parts warming even more rapidly in recent decades, The Washington Post reported.

"It's the hottest summer we've had, ever," Rainy Pass Lodge worker Steve Perrins told the Post.

Temperatures have been above average across Alaska every day since April 25. None of the state's nearly 300 weather stations have recorded a temperature below freezing since June 28 — the longest such streak in at least 100 years, according to the Post.

On July 4, the temperature at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport hit 90 degrees for the first time on record.

Alaska, which logged its warmest June on record, now seems destined to register not only its warmest July but also its warmest month.

"Usually if you were to break this sort of record, you'd do it by a sliver of a degree," Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist and research associate at the International Arctic Research Center, told the Post. But Alaska is on course to shatter the record by more than one degree.

The combination of relentless high pressure, extremely warm sea surface temperatures and high humidity are "basically off the charts," he told the Post.

Scientists around the world, including in the U.S. government, predict the warming will continue unless countries drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in coming years.

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Having heated up more than 3.6 degrees over the past century, the state of Alaska is warming faster than any other, double the global average, with parts warming even more rapidly in recent decades, according to The Washington Post.
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