ANCHORAGE, Alaska (June 19, 2013)--A heat wave that has Alaska in its grips doesn't rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of the 49th state, it’s like a stifling oven or perhaps a tropical paradise.
With temperatures topping 80 degrees in Anchorage, and higher in other parts of the state, people are sweltering in a place where few homes have air conditioning.
The official afternoon high in Anchorage Tuesday was 81, breaking the city's record of 80 set in 1926 for the date.
Highs are normally in the 60s in mid-June.
Other communities are reporting higher temperatures, including a reading of 96 degrees in the town of Talkeetna.
Weather forecasters say a high pressure system locking the region in baking temperatures has shifted and say a cooling trend should start Wednesday.
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