Death Valley National Park may have tied one of Earth’s hottest temperatures Sunday

The unofficial temperature of 130° is undergoing review

Death Valley's unofficial high temperature Sunday came in at 130°F.
Death Valley's unofficial high temperature Sunday came in at 130°F.

DEATH VALLEY, Ca. – While we were unseasonably cool this past weekend, Death Valley kept up its reputation for the blistering heat. This blistering heat, however, may very well have turned historic.

An unofficial temperature reading at the Valley’s Furnace Creek came in at 130° shortly before 4 p.m. local time Sunday. That would tie the highest temperature recorded on Earth since July of 1913.

According to the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, a formal review is underway to verify this temperature reading. The Weather Prediction Center tweeted that the Valley’s temperatures reached higher than 130° two other times in July of 2013 too.

In a previous article of ours, we explained why Death Valley is often one of the hottest places in the country. “Summer temperatures in Death Valley often hit 120° or higher, according to the National Park Service. The valley (nearly 300 feet below sea level) is often dry, as it’s on the leeward side of mountain ranges. The clear, dry air, along with little vegetation, allow the desert to heat efficiently. Once the heat radiates off any other surfaces, it then becomes trapped.”

The heat is expected to continue out west this weekend, as a strong dome of high pressure sits over the southwest corner of the U.S.

Upper air pattern this coming week

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