Like the rest of the world, Alaska has been unusually hot this year—and it’s about to get hotter.
That’s according to the most recent data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as Climate Central reported.
Between March and May of this year, the meteorological spring, the entire state has been about 10 degrees hotter than normal, with an average temperature of 32°F.
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“That may sound cold,” Climate Central noted, “but warmth is a relative term. That temperature handily beat the previous record hot spring of 1998 by 2°F (1°C), according to NOAA.”
The cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau have experienced their hottest springs since records began.
Frightening effects of a warming Alaska include melting permafrost, increasing wildfires, an acidifying ocean and depletion of habitat for critical species, scientists have warned.
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