Western U.S. heat wave may put in jeopardy a nearly century old record

We’re coming up on the centennial of the hottest temperature ever recorded on the surface of the Earth. It happened here in the good ol’ USA! It’s coming up on nearly 100 years ago since Death Valley, California hit 134°F on July 10, 1913.

That sure was one hot day, but the coming days in Death Valley are looking pretty hot too. It may be hot enough to put the all-time hottest temperature record on Earth in jeopardy. A very strong upper-level ridge is going to amplify over the western U.S. Strong high pressure beneath this ridge will keep things very dry and very sunny. Temperatures look to soar across much of the mountain west and bake cities from Spokane to Phoenix. Below is a look at that ridge where those brighter reds represent the hotter air. Meanwhile, a trough over the eastern U.S. will keep things cooler and a bit more unsettled. You’ll be glad to hear that this hot weather isn’t heading our direction in the next week.

So will Death Valley break the record? It could be close. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. Here is the National Weather Service forecast from the Las Vegas office for Furnace Creek, CA, which is right in the middle of Death Valley. The town name is quite appropriate. High temperatures will climb into the upper 120s and possibly over 130°F. Check out the low temperatures. By Monday Night, temperatures may not fall below 100°F! Incredible!!

The good news for folks out west…if there is good news is that at least it’s a dry heat.

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