Death Valley National Park heat warning.
Death Valley National Park heat warning.

A new daily heat record was set in Death Valley, California, on Friday, with temperatures soaring to 127°F, surpassing the previous record of 122°F last tied in 2013 by 5 degrees

Death Valley, known as one of the hottest places on Earth, is expected to experience even more extreme temperatures in the coming days. Forecasts predict temperatures will continue to climb, potentially reaching 129°F on Sunday at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park.

From Monday through Wednesday, temperatures are expected to hover around 130°F. While the highest temperature ever officially recorded on Earth was 134°F in Death Valley on July 10, 1913, some experts are skeptical of this measurement. These scientists argue that the true record is 130°F, recorded in Death Valley in July 2021.

This recent heatwave could potentially challenge or even surpass that record. It’s important to note that temperatures of 130°F or above are extremely rare, with most occurrences documented in Death Valley. Climate experts warn that rising global temperatures due to climate change are increasing the likelihood of such extreme heat events.

  • Stop what you are doing
  • Move to a cool, shaded area
  • Call 9-1-1 or flag down a ranger for help
  • Follow CDC recommendations for addressing Heat-Related Illnesess. Drink water if you are experiencing heat exhaustion while waiting for emergency responders.
  • Cool down by splashing or soaking yourself with water, if available, and fanning vigorously

images from DeathValleyNPS

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