Death Valley hits 54.4 °C (130 °F) for the first time since 1913, California

Death Valley hits 54.4 °C (130 °F) for the first time since 1913, California

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.

Featured image credit: Jerome Bon


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