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‘Near-record’ heat causes car breakdown in Death Valley National Park


A sudden surge in temperatures caused three tourist vehicles to break down in Death Valley National Park, one of the US’s most coveted holiday destinations, according to statements released on Facebook.

The National Park, known for its extreme topography and climatic conditions is located within two states and counties. It holds the record of the hottest, lowest, and the driest national park in the world, hence the morbid name.

Sundays usually experience the footfalls of tourists in the national park. This Sunday turned out to be a bit unfortunate for some tourists. At least three cars broke down in the middle of the park with the scorching sun overheating the engines. Monday’s mercury touched 128°F!

It was 2013 when such type of temperatures was recorded. The park had witnessed some of the hottest temperatures in 1913 with 134 degrees.

The desert in the park traps the sun’s heat and keeps it locked in soil. This trapped heat caused the engines of the car to overheat, ultimately leading to a breakdown. Moreover, extreme heat has some downsides on tourists as well; being stranded under the sun without air conditioning for a long time can be fatal as well.

The official statement also revealed a shocking statement of the thermal equipment in the park to malfunction on account of excessive heat.

“The famous thermometer at Furnace Creek Visitor Center (pictured here) usually shows temperatures a degree or two hotter than the official temperatures (with the Celsius readings unfortunately currently glitching, as electronics all too often have issues in this climate)”, a statement in the Death Valley National Park official Facebook handle read.

Death Valley national PArk, like other public places in the US, was closed for tourists. However, currently, the national park is at the end of Stage 3 reopening that includes opening the roads, restrooms, camping grounds parking lots in the park, according to NPS.


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