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Whew! Fairbanks temps pushing into the 80s

Laurel Andrews

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the midnight sun is scorching Fairbanks, with temperatures pushing to 80 degrees on Tuesday. Hot temperatures are expected to linger through the weekend. “We don’t see it cooling down,” meteorologist Julie Malingowski told the News-Miner on Wednesday. “Definitely through this weekend we’re expecting it to stay sunny and hot.”

Tuesday was the first time this summer the temperature hit 80 degrees at Fairbanks International Airport. The all-time high for June 20 in Fairbanks was 92 degrees, set in 1958. The record low was 32 degrees, set in 1919, according to the National Weather Service.

A high-pressure system is moving through the Interior is causing highs in the mid-70s to low 80s through the weekend. The warmest temperatures are expected on Saturday, with a possibility of clouds arriving on Sunday, the News-Miner reports.

As of 9:53 a.m. Thursday, Fairbanks was clocking in at 66 degrees. There’s no official word on how jealous Southcentral Alaska has become.