Death Valley Temps Hit Records During Heat Wave
Summer has officially begun, and in some places across the U.S. temperatures are reaching record highs. In the hottest areas of the country, temperatures are even reaching dangerous levels.
This weekend, Death Valley National Park issued a warning that the temperature measured in Death Valley on Saturday may have reached 127 degrees Fahrenheit . Today, the National Park Service announced that a temperature of 129 degrees was recorded by an official weather station on Sunday, June 30. The temperature broke the previous June 30 record of 128 degrees measured in 1994.
Death Valley National Park, through its Facebook page, warned tourists that such temperatures could potentially lead to heat stroke or death. A few of their tips for enduring the heat include staying inside cars (which should be in thoroughly checked before a trip to Death Valley), avoiding hiking, and, of course, drinking plenty of water. The park recommends at leas 4 quarts of water per day per person.
The park service also recently demonstrated the excessive heat by releasing a video of an egg being fried using nothing but the ambient heat in the valley. Though an early attempt was thwarted by the dry air, a covered egg fried up just fine: