Juneau’s weekend highs could challenge decades-old heat record

A couple, seen from behind, sitting on lawn chairs at the beach on a sunny day
Families hanging out in the sunshine at Auke Rec in Juneau on June 1, 2022. (Photo by Paige Sparks/KTOO)

It’s going to get unusually hot in Juneau this weekend and next week.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Fritsch says the rain has dried out, and Southeast Alaska is looking at increasing daytime temperatures from Thursday through at least the beginning of next week.

Juneau’s record high of 90 degrees came on July 7, 1975. Temperatures could get close to that — or even top it — in the coming days. Fritsch said temperatures could get up to the mid-70s on Friday and push into the 80s early next week.

Juneau temperatures last hit 85 degrees on June 28, 2019.

Because most Juneauites don’t have air conditioning, Fritsch recommends drawing the shades to keep indoor spaces cool. NWS also recommends that people wear sunscreen and stay hydrated while recreating outdoors.

“Also, it’s important to remember that members of our population — or other valuable family members like pets — could suffer tremendously if left in vehicles with the windows raised, parked in a sunny location,” Fritsch said.

He said air quality should stay high, so residents can look forward to blue skies.

There’s no red flag fire warning, but Fritsch said it’s always a good idea to be cautious when it’s hot and dry.

Correction: Based on information from the National Weather Service, an earlier version of this story said Juneau’s record high was 87 degrees, in 1917. The text and headline have been updated to reflect that the record high was 90 degrees, in 1975.

Claire Stremple

Alaska News Reporter, KTOO

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