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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

    Summers in Alaska are always cool.

    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.

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

    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
    36.4° F (2.4° C) at Barrow
    (U.S. Record)

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

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