Death Valley sets a record for the hottest temperature on the planet in years with a temperature of 128F
Live up to its name! Death Valley records temperature of 128F – the hottest measurement in the world in three years – and 50 million Americans are placed under heat reporting
- Death Valley, the California weather station, registered an official high temperature of 128F on Sunday afternoon
- Photo posted by the Park Service showed their thermometer at 129F
- The last time the area reached such a high temperature was in 2017
- A ‘heat dome’ in the southwest sees heat trapped in dry conditions
- The heat wave will move north and east in the coming days
- It had set new daily records in Phoenix, Tucson and Palm Springs
- Three-digit warmth is predicted this weekend for Washington, Chicago and St. Louis
Death Valley, California in the Mojave Desert reached a blistering 128 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday in what is the highest recorded temperature anywhere in the world since 2017.
Although the official weather station in the area recorded 128F, a photo taken at the aptly named Furnace Creek Visitor Center was 129F.
Sunday’s blazing high is part of a heat wave that is currently hovering over the southwest of the country, but the heat dome is expected to expand east and north later this week.
The place still holds the record for the hottest air temperature ever, set at 134F in July 1913.
A photo posted by the Park Service in Death Valley showed their thermometer was at 129F
The scorching temperature was recorded in the aptly named Furnace Creek in Death Valley
The extreme heat is partly caused by a ‘heat dome’ that blocks warm air
A ‘heat dome’ in the southwest sees heat trapped in the already dry conditions
Death Valley still holds the record for the hottest air temperature ever, set at 134F in July 1913. Pictured, the landscape of the Death Valley National Park
A number of daily records in other places were broken on Sunday, including a record high of 116F in Borger, Texas, near Amarillo.
Daily records were set in Palm Springs, California at 121F, 116F in Phoenix, 113F in Tucson, Arizona, 110 in Roswell, New Mexico, and 109 in Del Rio, Texas.
Even more northerly states, including Wyoming and Utah, also had cities reaching triples above 100F.
The lowest temperature Phoenix experienced was a blistering 93F.
The record-breaking heat is caused by a ‘heat dome’ in the southwest.
It is likely that the heat dome will now move in a more northeastern direction during the week
This weekend, three-digit temperatures are forecast for Chicago, Washington DC and St. Louis
The temperature in Death Valley caught the attention of viewers on Twitter
Triple temperatures were seen in the southwest of the country
The three-digit warmth extends across southern California to the Florida Panhandle
50 million Americans in the southern United States stand according to Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories CBS News.
The area extends for 1,700 miles from the deserts of Southern California to Panama City to the Florida Panhandle.
In the Southwest alone, more than 19 million Americans, along with parts of Texas and Louisiana, are under extreme heat warnings.
It means temperatures above 120F in the deserts of California and Arizona and 110F in the western parts of Texas will not be uncommon in the coming weeks.
Even along the coast in Louisiana, high temperatures combined with humidity could see temperatures close to 115F.
Phoenix experiences the breaking of heat at night with temperatures in the low 90s
New Orleans also experiences uncomfortable temperatures, even at 1am
The heat dome sees sunny skies and dry air sink through the atmosphere. In addition, it heats up and produces more heat.
In the coming days, the heat dome may begin to weaken, but may also move north, first in the Mississippi Valley, then in the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic States.
The eastern half of the country is likely to peak in the 1990s and approach the 100 for the cities of St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Washington DC
Although such heat waves are common in summer, climatologists expect that they will occur even more frequently when climate change occurs.
As global temperature averages increase, so do extreme temperatures.