Baked Alaska: Anchorage breaks all-time temperature record amid heatwave

Baked Alaska: Anchorage breaks all-time temperature record amid heatwave
By Katy DartfordNBC
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Known for being typically cold and snowy, Alaska is set to experience its hottest ever July with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees Celsius over the next few days.


It's not only Western Europe that has been experiencing a record-breaking heatwave.

Whilst we normally think of Alaska as largely freezing and snow-covered, the US's northernmost state is forecast to bake in temperatures reaching 30.5 degrees Celsius (87 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher over the next five days, stretching from July 4 through July 8, according to the National Weather Service.

Its largest city, Anchorage, broke its all-time temperature record on Friday, reaching 31 degrees Celsius (89 degrees Fahrenheit) at the city's airport.

The previous record was also set in the airport on June 14, 1969, and reached a temperature of 29.4 degrees Celsius (84.9 degrees Fahrenheit).

The climate of large parts of the interior of Alaska is subarctic, with temperatures on average reaching 18 degrees in July in Anchorage.

But climate concerns has meant the state has experienced a Fourth of July unlike any before with fireworks display cancelled due to wildfires.

Elsewhere, people taking part in this year's Mount Marathon race thought smoke would be their main problem - not the intense heat:

WATCH: Joseph Dutton, Policy Advisor from climate change think tank E3G, says these extreme temperatures cause particular problems for a state that's usually geared up for cold weather:

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