Alaska: Weather, Best time to go, Where to go?

Discover the best time to visit Alaska from average climate conditions in many locations like Sand Point or Valdez here.

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When is the best time to go to Alaska?

When is the best time to go to Alaska? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months to go to Anchorage are July and August
  • On average, the warmest months in Anchorage are June, July and August, and the coldest months are January, February and March
  • The rainiest months in this city are August and September
  • The cities with the best climate are Fairbanks and Tok, with good weather at least 3 months a year

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Alaska for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month Our opinion View Details
very bad Alaska in january
very bad Alaska in february
very bad Alaska in march
very bad to bad* Alaska in april
very bad to tolerable* Alaska in may
very bad to good* Alaska in june
very bad to good* Alaska in july
very bad to good* Alaska in august
very bad to tolerable* Alaska in september
very bad to bad* Alaska in october
very bad Alaska in november
very bad Alaska in december

When to go to Alaska by city

Anchorage

Best time to go to Anchorage

The best months to go to Anchorage are july and august.

Anchor Point

Best time to go to Anchor Point

The best months to go to Anchor Point are july and august.

Barrow

Best time to go to Barrow

No month is ideal for visiting Barrow

Dillingham

Best time to go to Dillingham

The best months to go to Dillingham are june, july and august.

Dutch Harbor

Best time to go to Dutch Harbor

No month is ideal for visiting Dutch Harbor


Climate and Weather in Alaska

The state of Alaska, a Northern American territory that shares its borders with the Yukon Territory and British Columbia in western Canada, is characterized by its cold climate. The Alaskan climate comes in several variants, depending on the geographical position of the localities. Thus, the south coast of Alaska is influenced by a subpolar oceanic climate, resulting in less cold temperatures and relatively high rainfall in comparison to the rest of the territory, which is also the climate found in Anchorage. Inland, the continental influence primes the rest of the territory, which explains the difference in temperatures between the winter and summer seasons. The northern part of Alaska is used to a polar type climate.

The Spring Climate in Alaska

Spring is very short. On the south coast like in Anchorage, the spring season which starts in mid April and ends in May, is a grand opportunity to see the weather conditions improve; this is also the period when the melting snow causes the formation of wetlands. Walk with caution, if you are planning on taking a few hikes.

The Summer Climate in Alaska

June, July and August are the hottest months of the year. In Hawaii, this signifies the famous time for fun in the sun and beautiful bright days however in Alaska, wearing comfortably warm clothing is still a necessity. The only real advantage is that the sunshine lasts longer. Furthermore, if ever one were to find themselves close to the Arctic Circle, they will also have the chance to see the midnight sun.

The Autumn Climate in Alaska

Autumn starts in September and ends around the month of October in the south and begins in late August in the north. This season depicts deteriorating weather in Alaska; in just a few weeks, the maximum temperatures range between 17° C and 7° C.

The Winter Climate in Alaska

The cold that characterizes the winter in Alaska is far harsher than that of Utah, even if the Utah State of the northern United States of America is known for the harshness of the winter. Overall, warm clothes are simply a must for anyone wishing to experience a unique adventure in Alaska.

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Temperatures and rainfall in Alaska

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Alaska and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Anchorage, Anchor Point, Barrow, Dillingham and Dutch Harbor, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities..


Map of Alaska

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cities in Alaska (Hover over the icons for more information on the weather)

About Alaska

What can I do in Alaska?

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Is this weather information for Alaska reliable?

Climate data for Alaska has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Alaska allows us to determine the average for each month in Anchorage, Anchor Point, Barrow, Dillingham, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Healy, Hooper Bay, and 9 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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