According to data provided by the National Weather Service, the temperature at Furnace Creek weather station in Death Valley National Park, California reached 54.4 °C (130 °F) at 15:41 CDT on Sunday, August 16, 2020, breaking the previous August 16 record of 51.6 °C (125 °F) set in 1994.
If verified, this will be the hottest temperature officially verified since July 1913, also at Death Valley, and it would also break the monthly record for August of X °C (127 °F) which was set on August 12, 1933, August 2, 1993, and August 1, 2017.
Currently, the hottest temperature on record is 56.7 °C (134 °F), recorded at the same weather station (Furnace Creek) on July 7, 1913.
In 1913, Death Valley was over 54.4 °C (130 °F) three times in one week, including 56.6 °C (134 °F) and 55 °C (131 °F).
Extreme heat will continue to plague the western third of the country through the middle of this week. Approximately, 56 million people are under heat advisories or warnings, and many daily record high temperatures are forecast.
Looking ahead to later this week and next weekend, dangerous heat is forecast to remain locked in across the southwestern United States. Meanwhile, comfortable high temperatures in the 70s and 80s will be found from the Midwest to Northeast. Autumn is only 36 days away! pic.twitter.com/y0OYASQAsX
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) August 16, 2020
Featured image credit: Jerome Bon
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