Alaska is currently 20 degrees hotter than its previous record and people are concerned

Alaska is currently 20 degrees hotter than its previous record and people are concerned

One part of Alaska has set a new record high December temperature of 65 degrees - beating the previous high by 20 degrees.

The state is known for its freezing temperature and proximity to the Arctic, making the warm temperature, particularly in late December, all the more worrying.

The reading came from Kodiak Island in southern Alaska.

Fox 5 DC Meteorologist Matthew Cappucci tweeted, “This is berserk. Kodiak, Alaska hit 65 degrees today, 20 DEGREES warmer than their previous record. Not their average. Their record.”

“That's like winning a 5K by ten minutes. Numerous nearby stations recorded similar. Warmest winter temperature on record,” he added.

The unusual winter warm spell in Alaska is made all the more bizarre given the fact that the state gets little sunlight during this time of the year. The sun is only above the horizon for approximately six hours a day in Kodiak with the sunrise being around 10 am and sunset after 4 pm.

Moreover, this time of the year is usually associated with an abundance of snow, not soaring high temperatures.

Rick Thoman, a climate specialist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy in Fairbanks, commented on the striking event on Twitter.

“In late December,” he added. “I would not have thought such a thing possible.”

In response to the record temperature, people have shared their concerns about the impact of climate change.

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“Seattle WA is in a record breaking cold snap - just 17 degrees F last night!” Twitter user @starlilyth wrote.

Another tweeted, “Record high temp. in Kodiak doesn't speak to the effect warming ocean temps are having on fish stocks (declining and shifting north) or ocean acidification caused lower shellfish populations. It's not just fires, hurricanes, atmospheric rivers, tornados & rising sea levels etc.”

“The cut off for correcting climate change was 20 years ago, not 20 years from now. 20 degrees is mid-level change. The root cause is already firmly entrenched. Stopping it is NO LONGER AN OPTION. Now we can only hope to survive it,” one person wrote.

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