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Possible Record Of 130° Set At Death Valley

Death Valley National Park is known to have the lowest point in the United States, but it's also known to be one of the hottest places one can visit on the planet. That reputation is now sealed with a temperature reading of 130° F (54.4° C) this past Sunday, August 16th, which would be the highest recorded temperature in just over a century.


"Death Valley, California recorded a high temperature of 130°F at 3:41 PM PDT on Sunday, August 16, 2020. This temperature was measured at Furnace Creek near the Visitors Center using a National Weather Service owned automated observation system. This observed high temperature is considered preliminary and not yet official." - National Weather Service

Currently, the highest temperature ever recorded is 134.1° F (56.7° C), which was also set at Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913. That record has been questioned, however, with some experts claiming the validity and accuracy of the 1913 reading.  However, this possible new record was taken with modern equipment and only awaits verification by weather and climate experts.

"If verified, this will be the hottest temperature officially verified since July of 1913, also at Death Valley. As this is an extreme temperature event, the recorded temperature will need to undergo a formal review. A Climate Extremes Committee will be formed to verify the validity of the 130°F reading." - National Weather Service

Tim from Ski Rex Media with a heat warning sign in Death Valley, 2016

To make this record-setting high temperature a little more interesting, it would seem that the lowest temperature recorded that day was just over 100° colder. According to the NWS Weather Prediction Center archive, the coldest temp that day was 23° F (-5° C) at Peter Sinks, UT. 

Top Photo: A view west across Death Valley NPS from Dante's View - Credit: Tim Meyer

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