According to the California Department of Public Health, the temperature in Death Valley, California reached 123 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, 11 degrees lower than the highest temperature that has ever been recorded there.
This past week, the Southwest was scorched by a heat wave that brought the region’s average temperature to a new all-time high.
According to a report that was published in the New York Times on Sunday, a heat wave that was impacting parts of the country impacted nearly 75 million people.
According to the National Weather Service, on Tuesday temperatures are forecast to reach “average to record-breaking” levels from the Midwest to North and South Carolina.
According to a report from USA Today, a TikToker in the Southwest decided to turn his dashboard into an impromptu BBQ and cook burgers on it when temperatures surged beyond 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
On Saturday, the temperature in Death Valley, which is located in California, reportedly reached 123 degrees Fahrenheit, which was only 11 degrees below the highest temperature that has ever been recorded in the region.
Death Valley was the location where it was found in 1913, however, climate experts have cast doubt on the reliability of the data.
The National Weather Service’s lead forecaster, Robert Oravec, referred to the heat wave as “quite typical,” noting that it originated in the Southwest and is currently making its way to the Plains.
According to him, when you’re almost into the middle of June, it’s not unusual to see weather patterns that support a heat wave. He shared this information with NPR.
For individuals to be safe during a heat wave, the National Weather Service suggests participating in a wide variety of activities.
Some of these recommendations include reducing the number of things you do when it’s hot outside or rescheduling them for a different time, drinking “enough” water, taking a “cool” shower or bath, and checking in on people who are unwell or elderly.