Baked Alaska: Unusual heat wave hits 49th state

RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A heat wave hitting Alaska doesn’t rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of the 49th state, the weather feels 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.

The official afternoon high in Anchorage Tuesday was 81 degrees, breaking the city’s record of 80 set in 1926 for that date. Mid-June normally brings highs in the 60s.

Other communities are seeing higher temperatures, including 96 degrees in the town of Talkeetna.

Weather forecasters say a high pressure system locking the region in baking temperatures has shifted and Wednesday should be the start of a cooling trend.

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