|Heat records have been shattered this week in Alaska, typically the USA's coldest state. Deadhorse, located near the coast of the Arctic Ocean, skyrocketed to a record 85 degrees Wednesday, the warmest temperature ever recorded in that area.|
It was also the state's highest temperature ever measured within 50 miles of the Arctic.
It was 88 degrees in Fairbanks on Wednesday, hotter than New York City's 85 degrees. The heat wave follows a freakishly warm start to the year in Alaska. It was the warmest winter, spring and first six months of the year there, according to NOAA.|
So far in 2016, the state's average temperature is 30.4 degrees, some 9 degrees higher than normal.