Heat Wave Hits Alaska

    This photo taken Monday, June 17, 2013, shows people sunning at Goose Lake in Anchorage, Alaska. Parts of Alaska are setting high temperature records as a heat wave continues across Alaska. Temperatures are nothing like what Phoenix or Las Vegas gets, but temperatures in the 80s and 90s are hot for Alaska, where few buildings have air conditioning.

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    Alaska is more known for its rough winters than for hot summers, but this year the state is being pummeled by a record-breaking heat wave. Temperatures have soared into the 90s just after the state experienced a record-breaking cold snap. That one-two punch melted large amounts of snow around the state, leading to large floods. Much of Alaska has been flagged for wildfire warnings. Meteorologists are asking people not to throw cigarettes on the ground. The state has also banned fireworks in many areas.

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