The best times to visit Alaska for ideal weather are

June 25th to August 26th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Alaska Travel Info

Weather in Alaska

Temperature

Average temperatures in Alaska vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 37th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Alaska, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 62.5°F (16.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 49.3°F (9.6°C) at night.

Alaska Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Alaska Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Alaska Perceived Temperature (F)

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Alaska Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Alaska Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 19.7 13.8 8.3
Feb 23.2 16.3 10.1
Mar 25.7 17.8 10.6
Apr 37.8 30.3 23.2
May 50.6 42.9 35.6
Jun 58.9 51.2 44.4
Jul 61.7 54.6 48.6
Aug 60.1 53.2 47.3
Sep 52.7 46.2 40.6
Oct 40.5 34.9 30.1
Nov 27.8 22.3 17
Dec 21.9 16.4 10.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -6.8 -10.1 -13.2
Feb -4.9 -8.7 -12.2
Mar -3.5 -7.9 -11.9
Apr 3.2 -0.9 -4.9
May 10.3 6.1 2
Jun 14.9 10.7 6.9
Jul 16.5 12.6 9.2
Aug 15.6 11.8 8.5
Sep 11.5 7.9 4.8
Oct 4.7 1.6 -1.1
Nov -2.3 -5.4 -8.3
Dec -5.6 -8.7 -11.7

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Alaska are March, May, and then April. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid March. For example, on the week of March 19th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early September with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of September 3rd.

When can you find snow in Alaska? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Alaska is often around around November 19th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Alaska.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Alaska (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 8% 12.8 1.4
Feb 7% 14.2 0.9
Mar 6% 16.3 0.8
Apr 6% 12.4 0.9
May 6% 6.2 0.8
Jun 8% 4.2 1
Jul 11% 7.1 1.4
Aug 13% 0 1.8
Sep 14% 2.3 2.1
Oct 11% 2.9 1.8
Nov 10% 6.5 1.5
Dec 8% 9.3 1.2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 8 32.5 3.6
Feb 7 36.1 2.3
Mar 6 41.4 2
Apr 6 31.5 2.3
May 6 15.7 2
Jun 8 10.7 2.5
Jul 11 18 3.6
Aug 13 0 4.6
Sep 14 5.8 5.3
Oct 11 7.4 4.6
Nov 10 16.5 3.8
Dec 8 23.6 3

 

Humidity and Wind

Alaska has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (60.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (74.1%).

Wind in Alaska is usually moderate. The windiest month is December, followed by February and January. December’s average wind speed of around 8.3 knots (9.5 MPH or 15.3 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 16.1 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Alaska.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 8 Gentle breeze 15.2 Significant breeze
Feb 8.2 Gentle breeze 15.4 Significant breeze
Mar 7.8 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze
Apr 7.4 Gentle breeze 14 Significant breeze
May 6.8 Light breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Jun 6.5 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Jul 6.2 Light breeze 12.2 Significant breeze
Aug 6.1 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Sep 7 Gentle breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Oct 7.4 Gentle breeze 14.1 Significant breeze
Nov 8 Gentle breeze 15.1 Significant breeze
Dec 8.3 Gentle breeze 15.5 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 69.1%
Feb 67.4%
Mar 60.9%
Apr 62.5%
May 61%
Jun 65.3%
Jul 70.9%
Aug 74.1%
Sep 72.5%
Oct 72.9%
Nov 70.8%
Dec 69.9%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Alaska?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Alaska, United States is April, followed by June and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Alaska in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 65.9 in October means 65.9% of the tourists vs. April.

 

 

Overall Alaska Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 56.3°F (13.5°C) and 22.4°F (-5.3°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with roughly 2 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see moderate precipitation with 2 to 4 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Alaska, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 56.5°F (13.6°C) and 24.4°F (-4.2°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 3 to 4 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Alaska to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 26.1°F (-3.3°C) and 18.3°F (-7.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 2 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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