Hot Weather to Continue in Southwest Alaska
Unseasonably hot temperatures will continue in Dillingham the next several days. A high pressure ridge is stuck over interior Alaska, according to Mike Ottenweller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage.
"After a little bit of an easterly wave yesterday, we're seeing things continue to amplify and strengthen out over the mainland today and really through the weekend. The sunny and warm conditions are expected to persist at least through the weekend and likely into early next week as well," said Ottenweller.
The only thing threatening the large air mass is a low pressure trough situated over the Bering Sea. That hasn’t broken the high pressure ridge and is actually strengthening it at the moment.
"That's helping to push some warm air up underneath the high pressure that's over the state. That is building the high pressure ridge and allowing it to stay where it it is. The jet stream is basically out of the area completely, so that's helping to keep our pattern relatively the same day in and day out," said Ottenweller.
Dillingham appears to have tied a daily record high temperature Tuesday of 70 degrees. That matches the June 11th record from 1995. The average high for this time of year is 60 degrees.