The world temperature record was not broken this Sunday in Furnace Creek, in Death Valley, in the United States. But 53.3°C were recorded, the NWS said.
The Furnace Creek, “stream of the furnace”, is aptly named. This area in the middle of the Californian desert, in the “Valley of Death”, recorded a peak in temperature this Sunday, while the whole country is submerged by a major heat wave. 128 degrees Fahrenheit, or 53.3 degrees, was recorded, according to provisional data reported by the Las Vegas office of the US National Weather Service (NWS).
At 5:00 p.m. (2:00 a.m. Paris time), the temperature remained high, but began to decrease, the source continues. “It is therefore unlikely to reach 130°F” (54.4°C), concludes the NWS.
These data are still provisional and must be confirmed in the coming hours, indicates on its site the American National Weather Service.
Nationwide heat wave
Death Valley is used to extreme temperatures. In 2020, a temperature of 54.4°C, the third hottest ever recorded on Earth, was recorded.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Death Valley, which is also the highest temperature ever recorded on the planet, was 56.7°C (134.06°F) on July 10, 1913. Observers feared that this record is broken this Sunday, July 16, 110 years later.
In addition to the high temperatures, southern California is burning due to several very violent fires still in progress, which have already ravaged more than 3000 hectares and led to the evacuation of the population. According to the state fire department, the blaze is only “10% contained”, raising fears of worsening conditions.
The major heat wave does not spare the rest of the country. In Florida, the city of Miami issued its first “excessive heat” warning in its history. “Prepare for oppressive heat,” warned the municipality.
Source: BFM TV