Alaska's biggest city will not mark the nation's 24th birthday with fireworks displays as Anchorage struggles with dry conditions, wildfires and what could become the hottest day in city history
The city's all-time high temperature record of 85 degrees dates back 50 years. It could fall today, with a high of 86 degrees forecast by the National Weather Service. If a record is set, it may not last long – Friday's high forecast for 87 degrees.
"Due to the extreme dry weather conditions in the Anchorage, Eagle River and surrounding areas, all fireworks shows have been canceled," the Anchorage Fire Department announced
The heat was exacerbating dry conditions as temperatures in many areas were 20 degrees or more above average.
the state, "the weather service said.
The high temps were affecting rivers, and faster-than-normal seasonal snowmelt was bloating several. The weather service warned of high, swift waters and issued a flood warning for some areas of the Yentna River.
Wildfires were a problem across the state. More than 100 active blazes were being monitored on Thursday. The small but dangerous MLK fire had burned less than 50 acres but was also less than 50% on Wednesday.
The city was also affected by the larger Swan Lake Fire, and on Monday the city's first ever smoke.
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"The city is likely to face more smoke into this weekend," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
AccuWeather advised that young children, the elderly and residents with respiratory issues should consider staying indoors and keeping windows and doors closed
AccuWeather did provide a ray of sunshine, so to speak. By the middle of or late next week, temperatures should fall back to near normal for July as the high pressure lifts to the north and west into the Bering Sea and northeastern Russia.
The rest of the nation see a mixed back of weather for holiday celebrations. Severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes, are possible across much of the Midwest, the weather service said. The East could have fireworks dampened by thunderstorms.
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