Summer solstice arrives at 1:04 a.m, on Friday – the official start of summer.
But the last few days have certainly felt like summer with temperatures in the 80s and afternoon thunderstorms.
And get this … the National Weather Service says temperatures in Alaska will be warmer today than in Connecticut.
According to Associated Press., the heat wave hitting Alaska may not rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of the 49th state, the days of hot weather feel like a stifling oven — or a tropical paradise.
With temperatures topping 80 degrees in Anchorage, and higher in other parts of the state, people have been sweltering in a place where few homes have air conditioning. They’re sunbathing and swimming at local lakes, hosing down their dogs and cleaning out supplies of fans in at least one local hardware store. Mid-June normally brings high temperatures in the 60s in Anchorage, and just a month ago, it was still snowing. Tuesday, the official afternoon high in Anchorage was 81 degrees, breaking the city’s record of 80 set in 1926 for that date.
All-time highs were recorded elsewhere, including 96 degrees on Monday 80 miles to the north in the small community of Talkeetna, purported to be the inspiration for the town in the TV series, “Northern Exposure” and the last stop for climbers heading to Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain. One unofficial reading taken at a lodge near Talkeetna even measured 98 degrees, which would tie the highest undisputed temperature recorded in Alaska.
That record was set in 1969, according to Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the online forecasting service Weather Underground. “This is the hottest heat wave in Alaska since ’69,” he said. “You’re way, way from normal.”
It’s been a crazy weather month in Connecticut, too. In fact, the weather has been crazy all year with Superstorm Sandy and the Great Blizzard of 2013.
And let’s not forget all that rain!
Bridgeport recorded another .08 of an inch of rain Tuesday. That brings the rainfall total up to 8.62 inches for the month of June. That’s more than 6 inches above June’s normal rainfall, bringing it to the fourth rainiest June on record.
Today, the chance of thunderstorms will be slightly lower than it was on Tuesday. It will be mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 47.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 77.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.
Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
Today’s pollen count is a 3 in the low/medium range. The air quality is rated good.
The UV index is an 8, meaning very high. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
On Long Island Sound:
Today, north winds will be kicking it between 10 and 15 knots. Waves will be one foot or less.
High tides is around 8 a.m and 8:15 p.m. Low tide is around 2 p.m.
Sounds like an Hawaiian weather forecast.
Even baked Alaska.