July 4, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 27

Temps among warmest in decades in June in AK

JUNEAU (AP) — The National Weather Service says temperatures across Alaska last month were among the warmest in decades.

Barrow and King Salmon saw their warmest June since 1940, while it was the second warmest June since 1940 in Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks and Kodiak.

Several communities broke record highs for June 16, with the temp as high as 96 degrees in Talkeetna that day.

Rick Thoman is the climate science and services manager for the weather service in Alaska. He says it's unusual for so much of Alaska to be affected by the same weather pattern because the state is so large.

The agency says the only parts of Alaska not among the top-10 warmest since 1940 were the Bering Strait coast from the Seward Peninsula south to the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutians.

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