California’s Death Valley is close to an all-time heat record as a massive heat wave continues on the West Coast and in the Southwestern United States.
The heat wave is set to last through the end of this week and has already seen temperatures of 128 degrees Fahrenheit in the hottest place on Earty.
Ant that’s not the highest temperature expected. The National Weather Service has forecasted that Death Valley National Park will see temperatures around 130 degrees for the first time in 100 years — almost to the date.
National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Stachelksi stated, “It hasn’t been that hot in Death Valley — or anywhere else in the United States — since July 13, 1913.” Furnace Creek tied the record for the month of June with 128 degrees on Saturday.
Death Valley, California is the home of the highest recorded temperature on Earth. It was set on July 10, 1913 when the mercury read an astounding 134 degrees.
Death Valley interpretive ranger Carole Wendler will check the park’s meteorological equipment at the park’s headquarters. She will then announce the “unofficial” high temperature for the day.
The official temperature at Death Valley will be taken from electronic readings and released Monday morning. Wendel stated that, regardless of the potential record high temperature, “our main concern is safety.” She added:
“We’re advising visitors that this is not the weekend to go hiking here. If your car breaks down, stay with your car and flag down help. Do not walk for help.”
Death Valley isn’t the only area under a heat wave. In the Pacific Northwest, highs in Seattle and Portland are expected to reach the mid 90s. The temperatures East of the Cascade Mountains could hit 105 or higher, according to the National Weather Service. Salt Lake City, Utah, also experienced its hottest day in recorded history at 112 degrees.
San Antonio, Texas, and Houston, Texas broke their previous heat records with 108 and 107 degree days respectively. But National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Smith brought some welcome news when she predicted, “Today is supposed to be the peak in heating.”
So, while the summer temperatures will stay around, they won’t be nearly as high as the records the Southwest and Pacific Northwest have seen. However, excessive heat warnings remain in place, especially for Death Valley, California. Smith added, “I’m certain we’ll break day records, and it’s possible that we’ll break some all-time records today.”
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