Death Valley Temps May Have Set New Heat Record

The temperature in Death Valley National Park may have set a new record for the hottest June day in the United States.

The National Weather Service recorded the temperature at 128 degrees, which would tie the record, but the National Park Service thermometer had the temperature marked at 129.9 degrees.

The National Park Services issued a heat advisory this week telling people to be extremely cautious in the Death Valley area.

The NPS writes: “Expect high temperatures of 100 to 120 degrees F on your summer visit to Death Valley. Heat related illness is a real possibility. Drink plenty of water and carry extra. Avoid activity in the heat. Travel prepared to survive. Watch for signs of trouble.”

The temps in Death Valley are dangerously hot for June but they don’t come close to the national record. According to ABC, Death Valley’s all-time hottest temperature was set on July 10, 1913, when the thermometer shot up to 134 degrees.

Death Valley may be the hottest place in the country, but it isn’t the only location with temps above 100 degrees.

Las Vegas saw a 117 degree day, which tied a city record, and Phoenix saw a record-breaking day on Saturday when temperatures hit 119 degrees.

The hot heat in Phoenix hasn’t been directly caused heat related deaths, but the city did see a terrible tragedy this weekend as 19 firefighters were killed while fighting a forest fire in the extreme heat.

Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo told reporters: “Our entire crew was lost … We just lost 19 of some of the finest people you’ll ever meet. Right now, we’re in crisis.”

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