US state of Alaska enjoys record high temperaturesWednesday 19 June 2013 18.40
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.