Heat and Cold

Measuring Temperature

Does Alaska get hotter than Hawaii?

Strangely enough, the two states are currently tied. Hawaii, though located in the tropics, enjoys very moderate temperatures due to favorable winds and the islands’ topography. The mountainous parts of this fiftieth state can actually get very cold, and the tops of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa receive snowfall regularly. While the average temperatures across the state of Hawaii are higher than in Alaska, the islands have fewer extremes. Alaska’s interior region can get very warm indeed, sometimes reaching 90°F (32°C). The highest temperature in Alaska thus far recorded is 100°F (37.8°C), which was measured at Ft. Yukon on June 27, 1915. On April 27, 1931, Pahala, Hawaii reached the same extreme.


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