Did you ever wonder what Alaskans wear in July? Or are you visiting in July, and want to know what to pack? Read this post for answers on what to wear in Alaska in July, and get some July outfit ideas for various activities at the Last Frontier.
- Weather in Interior Alaska in July
- What I Wore in July in Fairbanks
- Alaska Summer Business Casual Outfits
- Summer Leisure Time Looks Suitable for Alaska
- What to Wear in Alaska in July in a Nutshell
- Top of the World Style Linkup No. 315
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Weather in Interior Alaska in July
July is one month into the fire season. Thus, we can have often some (theoretically nice) days, but gray skies due to air pollution from wildfires.
Well, summer is halfway gone in Interior Alaska. The days are getting shorter again which we don’t see here yet in the Interior due to the midnight sun. The dogs days are about to come, at least in the mid-latitudes. There it’s a huge challenge to dress for the dog days because it is hot and muggy. This means everything sticks to your skin. However, this is not the case in Alaska in July.
Here in the Interior, mid to end of July is the onset of the rain season. Guess, I am not looking forward to it. Temperatures then are in the 50s to 60s (10-15oC), and the air is humid. Also wind speed is still high, but on average less than in June (see the June Lookbook). The slight wind and high moisture at temperatures in the 50s and lower 60s (10-15.6oC) make you feel cold. I find it worse than -20F (-29.7oC). 😉 For the latter, you can dress, but the wet moist cool air goes everywhere, especially when there is some wind.
Dressing-wise these typical weather patterns mean dressing to avoid slight heat stress on those days with temperatures 77F (25oC) and higher. You want to wear clothes that permit sweat to wicker and cool the body. Flip flops, short sleeves or tanks plus shorts for the summer “heat” or Bermuda do the trick for most locals.
On those rainy days, locals wear the same, but with a slight wind breaker. However, tourists usually wear long sleeve flannel shirts or sweaters (that why they are called long sleeves by the locals), sneakers, socks, rain jackets and baseball or bucket hats.
What I wore in July in Fairbanks
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However, this doesn’t mean that I stay inside in summer. While I am not into hiking, canoeing, fishing, boating, I enjoy sitting on the deck in our yard or at the river and dressing up for it. Think along the lines of outfits for a garden party, BBQ, dinner party or picnic. And, of course, summer business casual work outfits are in order.
Alaska summer business casual outfits
The outfit photos below show an example of a business casual outfit for a rainy day in July. The next photos illustrate what to wear on a cloudy day to the office in the Interior.
The easiest way to dress for the quickly changes between cloudy and sunshine is layering. Thus when wearing a dress have a jacket handy. Tie it around your waist for style when the Sun shines. Wear it or throw it over your shoulders like Melania when the sky is grey. Note the last trick looks professional with dresses, while the former trick looks more casual and hence the weekend.
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Summer leisure time looks suitable for Alaska
Weekend looks were in order for the fourth of July, despite the lack of fireworks on Independence Day in Fairbanks. Of course, watching the celebration at Pioneer Park requires wearing your best patriotic attire look of red-white and blue. Of course, there was again the Summer Arts Festival, and the Golden Days Parade. The latter required Gold Rush Clothes that I shopped from my closet. Here are weekend outfit ideas for July in Fairbanks.
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What to Wear in Alaska in July in a nutshell
In July, the weather in the Interior can lead to both, slight heat stress and slight cold stress. Locals are adjusted to their environment. Thus, when visiting the Interior, bring summer clothes that you can layer. Typically, 50F (10o do not feel as cold in central Alaska like they do in maritime temperate humid climate in the Pacific Northwest or western Europe.
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Mölders, N., 2019. Outdoor Universal Thermal Comfort Index Climatology for Alaska. Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, 9, 558-582. doi: 10.4236/acs.2019.94036.
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