Fairbanks, Alaska, to Start Weekend Warmer Than Phoenix

Mother Nature seems to have the weather flipped upside down with Fairbanks, Alaska, set to start the Memorial Day holiday weekend on a warmer note than Phoenix.

The unusual weather will stem from a dip in the jet stream ushering cool air across Arizona, while a ridge of high pressure continues to allow temperatures to soar throughout eastern Alaska.

As a result, a high in the lower 80s is expected in Phoenix on Saturday as temperatures in Fairbanks climb into the upper 80s.

Fairbanks is set to shatter the day's record high of 80 F from 2002 and will approach its all-time May record high of 90 F from May 28, 1947. A high in the lower to middle 60s is more common.

Phoenix typically records a high in the upper 90s this time of year.

According to data obtained by the National Weather Service, the high in Fairbanks has only tied or exceeded the high in Phoenix eight times since 1953.

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Posted by US National Weather Service Alaska on Monday, May 18, 2015

Fairbanks is actually in the midst of a warm May with temperatures averaging 4.8 degrees above normal.

A storm system will return temperatures back closer to normal during the remainder of the holiday weekend in Fairbanks, while highs remain below normal in Phoenix.