Scientists from the United States have recorded one of the highest temperatures in Earth’s history. The devices recorded 54.4°C in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley (California, USA) recorded a record high temperature of 54.4°C. According to the researchers, this is one of the hottest temperatures ever recorded on the planet. Scientists believe that in the next weeks the temperature may rise by a few more degrees and break the absolute record – 56.7°C, which was recorded in Death Valley on July 10, 1913.
The temperature was recorded by an automatic meteorological station of the US National Weather Service in the area of Stove Creek near the border with the state of Nevada. This indicator will be checked – Professor James Renwick, a climate specialist at the University of Wellington, Victoria, explained that in these cases, additional checks are needed on the devices that must work correctly and accurately.
The current heatwave is not limited to deserts, scientists explained. The record heat wave extends from Arizona to Washington State. More than 100 temperature records are expected to be set over the coming week. Scientists report that three US cities have already recorded record high temperatures for August.
The high temperatures also affected the number of wildfires in the western United States. Since 1972, the number of summer forest fires in the country has increased by 8 times. A study by Columbia University found that extreme climatic conditions in the West also contributed to a drought that scientists have not seen in the past 35 years.