Alaska experiences record high spring temperatures

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the state averaged 32 degrees for March through May, surpassing previous record by 2 degrees.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — No one calls springtime in Alaska balmy but the state this year saw record high spring temperatures.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Alaska for the first time in its modern climate record averaged 32 degrees for March through May.

    That surpassed by 2 degrees the previous record set in 1988.

    The record high for January through May also was exceeded.

    The agency says temperatures in the first five months averaged 26.1 degrees. That's 10.3 degrees warmer than the 1925-2000 average and 2.5 degrees higher than the previous record of 23.7 set in 1981.

    The statewide temperature in May averaged 44 degrees, 6 degrees above average and 1 degree below the record for the month, set last year.

    The summary was compiled by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information.

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