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Whenever and wherever you travel in "The Great Land," clothing is always a primary consideration. Emphasis should be based on comfort because the dress code is informal and casual. A layered technique is extremely good here.

Temperatures in Alaska during the summer range from 60°F-80°F. Nighttime and early mornings are cooler, from the 40's - 50's. Late August and September departures could encounter cooler temperatures and slightly fewer hours of sunlight, as fall arrives early at these latitudes.

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  • Alaska Weather Myths

    Myth:
    Summers in Alaska are always cool.

    Fact:
    The Interior Region of Alaska enjoys warm summers. Ft. Yukon holds the state's high temperature record: 100 F in June, 1915! Fairbanks often has summer temperatures in the 80s and occasionally gets up into the 90s.

    Myth:
    The Far North of Alaska (Barrow, Prudhoe Bay, Kaktovik) is the coldest part of the state.

    Fact:
    The Northern Interior (along Brooks Range) holds the record for the lowest temperature, where the mercury fell to -79.8° F (-62° C) at Prospect Creek in 1971.

  • Alaska Weather Records

    Lowest Temperature
    -79.8° F (-62° C) at Prospect Creek on January 23, 1971.
    (U.S. Record)

    Highest Temperature
    100° F (38° C) at Fort Yukon on June 27, 1915.

    Lowest Annual Normal Temperature
    9.3° F (-12.6° C) at Barrow
    (U.S. Record)

    Lowest Summer Normal Temperature
    June–August
    36.4° F (2.4° C) at Barrow
    (U.S. Record)

    Lowest Winter Normal Temperature
    December-February
    -15.7° F (-26.5° C) at Barter Island
    (U.S. Record)

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