Anchorage Climate and Weather

Anchorage has a subarctic climate characterised by short, cool summers and long, cold winters. Average daytime summer temperatures range from 55F (13C) to 78F (26C), while average daytime winter temperatures range from 5F (-15C) to 30F (-1C). The average winter snowfall is 70 inches (1778mm).

As with all of Alaska, Anchorage has extremely long days in the summer, with the Summer Solstice in late June experiencing 22 hours of sunlight; winter is just as dark as summer is light, and at the Winter Solstice in late December the daylight lasts less than six hours. The best time for visitors to travel to Anchorage is the period between May and early September when long days, clear skies and warm afternoons prevail.