According to experts, in Alaska, which was in the midst of a truly unexpected heat wave that is driven by the climate crisis, the state’s biggest city – Anchorage, reached an all-time high temperature of a whopping 32.2°C (90°F) on July 4th, 2019.

As reported by the Anchorage National Weather Service, Anchorage shattered the previous highest temperature being 29.4°C (85°F), which was set in June 1969, reaching 32.2°C just hours after the city hit 31.6°C (89°F).

This extraordinary heat record had forced officials to cancel the planned 4th of July firework celebrations due to wildfire concerns. The state fire marshal in Alaska had at that time banned the sale and even personal use of fireworks throughout most of the state, due to the unusually hot weather.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz states that “This is unprecedented, I tease people that Anchorage is the coolest city in the country – and climatically that is true – but right now we are seeing record heat.”

Anchorage, Alaska / Paxson Woelber / Flickr Creative Commons

This news of Anchorage’s record-breaking heat outbreak came after the data from the U.N. backed Copernicus Climate Change Service demonstrating that June 2019 was the hottest June ever recorded.