Seasons in Alaska

Climate in Alaska, the biggest and northernmost state, varies from maritime in coastal areas to arctic in northern regions. Weather of northern portion of the state is considered as extreme with regions of eternal frost. Global location, vast territory and coasts with features of relief are forming weather of the state.

Southern part of the peninsula is located in zone of influence of the Pacific Ocean. It is warmer than rest of the state. Overall precipitation level is high. Annual amount of it may reach 5000 mm (196”) but they are distributed unevenly. Temperatures are uneven too. Coastal areas have 15 °C (59 °F) at summer and about -6 °C (21 °F) at winter. Regions with subarctic climate are much colder with about -40 °C (-40 °F) at winter and less precipitation.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Alaska

Spring comes to populated regions relatively late. March is rather winter month at least in terms of weather conditions. At late April-May daytime temperature may reach 20 °C (68 °F). This is awaited time of warmth after half of a year of cold winter. Nature and people are hurry to take the most from this blessed time.

First half of the season is wet, cold and windy thus this time should rather be dedicated to indoor activities. Meaning it isn’t suitable for journey. However at May weather is completely suitable for climbing, rafting and hiking in untouched woods.

The climate of the spring months

(Juneau)

March
Max average t°: 39 °F (+4 °C)
Min average t°: 27 °F (-3 °C)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 18 days
Precipitation: 5.5" (139 mm)
April
Max average t°: 47 °F (+8.5 °C)
Min average t°: 32 °F (0 °C)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 17 days
Precipitation: 4.8" (123 mm)
May
Max average t°: 55 °F (+13 °C)
Min average t°: 39 °F (+4 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 18 days
Precipitation: 5.2" (133 mm)

Spring holidays

Last Monday in March – Seward’s Day.

Second Sunday in May – Mother’s Day.

Last Monday in May – Memorial Day.

Summer in Alaska

Summertime is the best time to visit the state. Warm weather allows wandering in magnificent local forests, completely unforgettable fishing and other kind of activities for lovers of untouched nature. Bravest of visitors may even swim in cold bodies of water. Moreover at summer southern regions are better base to go for extreme tourism in northern regions.

And even despite everything mentioned above main reason to travel to Alaska at summer are white nights. This is the period when amount of daylight hours reaches 18. Main part of “ammunition” for such journey is detergent for mosquitos are especially aggressive at the season.

The climate of the summer months

(Juneau)

June
Max average t°: 61 °F (+16 °C)
Min average t°: 45 °F (+7 °C)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 15 days
Precipitation: 4.0" (101 mm)
July
Max average t°: 64 °F (+18 °C)
Min average t°: 48 °F (+9 °C)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 17 days
Precipitation: 5.4" (136 mm)
August
Max average t°: 62 °F (+17 °C)
Min average t°: 47 °F (+8 °C)
Sundial in the day:5.5 hours
Rainy days: 18 days
Precipitation: 7.0" (178 mm)


Summer holidays

At summer there are lots of festivals of folk music. Their schedule varies from year to year thus it’ll be better to clarify it for current period.

Third Sunday in June – Father’s Day.

July 4 – Independence Day.

Autumn in Alaska

September is great for journey to Alaska as well. Mosquitos are gone and spectacular variety of autumn shades of local nature is available for admiration with any concerns. At this month average temperature is about 15 °C (59 °F).

October is way cooler with its 5 °C (41 °F). Winter is approaching but haven’t come completely yet. It is some kind of transition period when summer activities aren’t of current interest and weather is not quite suitable for winter types of vacationing. October is technically winter month for it starts snowing and significant drop of temperatures occurs.

The climate of the autumn months

(Juneau)

September
Max average t°: 56 °F (+13 °C)
Min average t°: 43 °F (+6 °C)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 20 days
Precipitation: 9.7" (247 mm)
October
Max average t°: 47 °F (+8 °C)
Min average t°: 37 °F (+3 °C)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 24 days
Precipitation: 12.2" (311 mm)
November
Max average t°: 37 °F (+3 °C)
Min average t°: 28 °F (-2 °C)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 20 days
Precipitation: 8.3" (210 mm)

Autumn holidays

First Monday in September – Labor Day.

October 18 – Alaska Day.

November 12 – Veterans Day.

4th Thursday in November – Thanksgiving.

Winter in Alaska

Time from December from February is period of another spectacular northern nature phenomena. In northern regions at three winter months visitors are able to spectate Northern Lights of exceptional beauty. Neighborhood of Fairbanks is the best place for spectating.

Alas to do so travelers should be ready to cope with significant inconvenience. Temperature in central regions of the state in the midst of winter is dropping to -40 °C (-40 °F). On the other hand air is rather dry and winds are moderate. Among other benefits such experience will make you appreciate other types of climate.

The climate of the winter months

(Juneau)

December
Max average t°: 32 °F (0 °C)
Min average t°: 24 °F (-5 °C)
Sundial in the day: 1.5 hours
Rainy days: 21 days
Precipitation: 7.6" (193 mm)
January
Max average t°: 29 °F (-1.5 °C)
Min average t°: 19 °F (-7 °C)
Sundial in the day: 2.5 hours
Rainy days: 18 days
Precipitation: 6.3" (161 mm)
February
Max average t°: 34 °F (+1 °C)
Min average t°: 23 °F (-5 °C)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 17 days
Precipitation: 5.8" (148 mm)

Winter holidays

December 25 – Christmas.

January 1 – New Year’s Day.

Third Monday in January – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Third Monday in February – President’s Day.