Temperature hits 61 in Fairbanks, 70 possible by Thursday

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Alaskans looking for a heat wave can forget Mexico.

Warm temperatures hit Fairbanks over the weekend, reaching 61 degrees Sunday at Fairbanks International Airport.

It was the first time above 60 this year.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Thoman said warm temperatures will persist this week and the temperature could hit 70 by Thursday.

He said reaching 70 would be rare for April.

A large high pressure system over southeast Alaska and the Yukon Territory is pushing warm air into the Interior and will continue to do so all week.

High temperatures are forecast in the mid- to upper 60s, though lows will be in the mid-30s or low 40s.

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