Temperatures near 74-year-old record; warmth to continue through Saturday

It wasn’t a record, but only just.

According National Weather Service measurements taken at Juneau International Airport, Juneau’s thermometer reached 73 degrees at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The mark was only two degrees off the record 75 degrees recorded on May 11, 1942 and is the second-highest temperature recorded for the date. Juneau’s record history goes back to 1936.

Wednesday marked the first time temperatures topped 70 degrees in the capital city since Aug. 26.

Warm weather continued to occupy much of Southeast Alaska on Wednesday, with a record-high temperature of 75 recorded on Annette Island near Ketchikan. The previous record for that location was 73 degrees in 1942.

High temperatures are expected to continue Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with a slim possibility of record-breaking heat. Thursday’s record-high is 75, set in 1942; Friday’s is 73, set in 1993, and Saturday’s is 71, also set in 1993.

Cooler, cloudier weather is expected to arrive in Juneau by Sunday.

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