Panhandle Heatwave

June 2018

June 19 and 20 were exceptionally hot over much of central and southern Southeast Alaska. Most notably, the high of 91°F (33°C) at Annette on June 19 ties with June 20, 2004 as the second highest temperature of record there. The only warmer day was June 19, 2004, when the high was 93°F (34°C). Climate observations have been made at Annette since the early 1940s. As hot as this was, it was not the highest reliable temperature found in Southeast. The cooperative station at Hyder reported that the temperature reached 94°F (34°C) on the afternoon of the June 19. Temperatures reached into the upper 80s at a number of other locations in Southeast, including 88°F (31°C) at the Metlakatla 6SE Climate Reference Network station and 86°F (30°C) at Ketchikan 13N cooperative station. June 20 was the hot day in central Southeast. The Juneau Airport peaked at 85°F (29°C), tying for the third highest temperature of record there (climate observations nearly unbroken since the early 1940s). Haines topped at 83°F (28°C), but, while warm, temperatures in the lower 80s are not too unusual in the Haines area. 

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