Death Valley Hits Record-High Temperatures


According to The Daily World, temperatures in Death Valley, California reached record-high temperatures on Sunday, August 16. ~

The National Weather Service tweeted Sunday claiming, “The temperature in Death Valley hit 130 degrees at 3:41 p.m.” This surge to 130 degrees Fahrenheit is the highest mercury reading on Earth since 1913 – in which Death Valley holds the record of the highest temperature ever recorded: 134 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Guinness World Records. This temperature of 130 degrees is among the top-three highest temperatures to have ever been measured in Death Valley – a 129-degree reading was recorded in Death Valley in 2013. Also, this reading is the highest temperature ever seen in Death Valley during the month of August. ~

A brutal heatwave is hitting the southwestern United States this week, according to the U.S. News. “As a northward bulge in the jet stream with its associated area of high pressure at most levels of the atmosphere builds this weekend, temperatures are forecast to surge to new highs this summer over the interior Southwest and portions of the central and southern Plains,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson said (U.S. News). Additionally, ongoing and worsening drought over the southwestern United States will continue to contribute to well above-average heat into early next week, while a big surge of heat is likely to make its presence known farther to the east around the middle of July. “The pre-existing dry soil allows most of the sun’s energy to heat the ground and the air nearest the ground, rather than to evaporate moisture,” according to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dave Dombek. “This drought-heat cycle often produces extreme temperatures and allows heat waves to build,” Dombek explained (U.S. News). ~

In addition to the high temperature recorded in Death Valley, the National Weather Service reported a high of 112 in Los Angeles’ Woodland Hills section, breaking the record of 108 set in 1977, and a high of 92 at the University of California at Los Angeles, breaking the record of 90 set in 2003. Downtown Los Angeles hit 98 degrees, tying a record set in 1994. ~


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