- Title: U.S. West scorches under heat wave, Death Valley reaches 130 degrees
- Date: 12th July 2021
- Summary: DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JULY 11, 2021) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF DEATH VALLEY SIGN READING HEAT KILLS TOURISTS TEMPERATURE REGISTERING 133 DEGREES TEMPERATURE REGISTERING 134 GENERAL VIEW OF DEATH VALLEY
- Embargoed: 26th July 2021 08:29
- Keywords: Death Valley West heatwave
- Location: DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Environment,United States
- Reuters ID: LVA001ELJCG93
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- Story Text: A brutal heat wave punishing the U.S. West pushed temperatures toward all-time records for a third day on Sunday, as Death Valley in California, scorching at 130-degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius), was again one of the hottest spots on the planet.
A thermometer outside Furnace Creek Visitors Center in the heart of Death Valley showed 134 degrees Fahrenheit shortly before 4 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Sunday, although a National Park Service ranger said it typically measured higher than the official reading.
The National Weather Service recorded the temperature on Saturday at 130 degrees, which if verified would be one of the highest ever recorded on Earth. A ranger measured the sidewalk temperature outside the visitors center at 178 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday afternoon.
Most tourists left their air-conditioned cars only long enough to pose for pictures with the thermometer.
The National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings across much of the region and cautioned residents that the high temperatures could be hazardous to the their health, especially small children and the elderly.
(Production: Bridget Bennett)
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