Record-Breaking Heat Wave Bakes Alaska

By Jesse Sokolow on 1 July 2019
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IMG_1128A record-breaking heat wave is currently baking Alaska and wildfires are wreaking havoc near Anchorage.

Downtown Juneau registered 83° F (28.3° C) Saturday, breaking a 110-year-old record set in 1909, according to the National Weather Service. Warmer than usual temperatures are expected to continue into the week.

Meanwhile, the so-called Swan Lake Fire burned south of the city over the Kenai Peninsula, shrouding the city with smoke.

As a result, the National Weather Service placed areas around Anchorage under a dense smoke advisory Saturday, the result of wildfires outside the city. On Sunday, people in midtown Anchorage were covering their faces with their shirts, a local paper reported.

“Persons with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside,“ the agency said.

The persistent warm temperatures this year have also caused significant amounts of ice to melt, threatening towns as water levels continue to rise.

The Swan Lake Fire was caused by a lightning strike in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Kenai National Wildlife Refuge that took place on June 5.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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