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Temperature and WeatherWe're no Hawaii, but Juneau's weather is probably not as cold as you think. Average summer days are in the 60s, with many days reaching into the high 70s and low 80s. (Yes, in Alaska.) Winter temperatures average about 29 degrees, but if you think that's cold consider this: Juneau's winters are warmer than cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, and Cleveland. Check today's Juneau weather.
What to WearThe key to enjoying Juneau weather is to dress in layers in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Use a shirt as a first layer, a sweatshirt for a second layer, and top it all off with a waterproof jacket. But don't forget shorts or short-sleeve shirts for those warm days -- we have those, too. Though Juneau's winter weather is surprisingly temperate due to our geography, it's still winter. So, yeah, bring a coat.
Daylight vs. DarknessIf you want to go home with a really cool story, be in Juneau on the longest day of the year, June 21, for the Midnight Sun. There are 18 hours and 18 minutes of daylight that day, and the sun never really "sets" -- it just dips below the horizon, where its glow keeps illuminating the sky until it reappears the next morning just a few hours later. In the fall, we experience a rapid decrease in light. The shortest day, December 21, has just 6 hours and 21 minutes of daylight. On that day, the sun rises at 8:46 a.m. and sets at 3:07 p.m.
Mail & Parcel DeliveryYep, we have regular mail service even all the way out here. UPS, Federal Express, and the U.S. Postal Service all provide rapid parcel delivery service into and out of Juneau. Many of Juneau's shops will also offer to do the packing and mailing for you. Souvenirs, anyone?
Cell ServiceJust because we're out of the way doesn't mean we're out of touch. Your mobile phone should work just fine in most areas here. Check with your provider for coverage and rates.
NewsYou can catch all the latest news and your favorite shows on cable or network television here, just like in any other city. The local newspaper, the Juneau Empire, is published each afternoon Monday-Friday and Sunday mornings.