US state of Alaska enjoys record high temperatures

Wednesday 19 June 2013 18.40
Alaskans are enjoying record high temperatures of 27C
Alaskans are enjoying record high temperatures of 27C

The US state of Alaska is enjoying a rare heat wave, with temperatures topping 27C in Anchorage.

Higher temperatures have also been recorded in other parts of the state and people have been sweltering in a place where few homes have air conditioning.

Mid-June normally brings temperatures between 15C and 20C and it was still snowing in places a month ago.

State health officials have taken the unusual step of posting a Facebook message reminding people to use sunscreen.

Earlier this week, the official afternoon high in Anchorage was 27.2C, breaking the city's record set in 1926.

Weather forecasters say a high pressure system that has locked the region in clear skies and baking temperatures has shifted and should be the start of a cooling trend.

Keywords: alaska, heatwave