Death Valley sets record for world's hottest month

James Marshall
August 4, 2018

The previous record was set past year at just over 107°.

The normal high temperature for Death Valley reportedly reaches 116.5 degrees, but last month temps hit a high of at least 120 degrees on 21 days.

It's probably nowhere near the new tentative world's record for hottest month anywhere on Earth, held by Death Valley National Park in California.

Meteorologists calculate average temperatures for the month by first averaging each day's temperature from its high and low, then averaging each day's average. Oh, and to get that 108, the temperature failed to get below 100 degrees for 10 days of the month.

"It eclipsed the record by quite a bit", Lericos said, adding that the data is considered preliminary and needs to be reviewed before it goes into official record books. In the national Park we found a few dead animals without any wounds - they killed the heat.

Of course, on earth there are places that are inaccessible for measuring the temperature of the air, say climate scientists, and there it can be significantly higher than in the California reserve. And two French tourists had to be rescued after hitting a rocky combination of cliffs, heat and dehydration. "We suspect that these animals are casualties of this record period of heat". Other tips for a safe visit include drinking plenty of water, eating snacks, limiting activities outside of air-conditioning, and visiting viewpoints at higher elevations, like Dantes View. Cell phones do not work in most of the park.

Because, you know. It's hot out.

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