Amid an extreme ongoing heatwave on the US West Coast, the Death Valley National Park in California touched what is being touted as the highest temperature ever ‘reliably’ recorded on Earth.
An automated weather station installed at the Furnace Creek of Death valley noted the scorching temperature at 3:41 pm on Sunday afternoon, a statement from The United States National Weather Service said.
The announcement comes within two weeks after the National Weather Service sounded alarm for a potentially fatal heatwave in California.
The temperature is being currently verified for offical credence, with earlier similar records tampered with the credibility.
“If verified, this will be the hottest temperature officially verified since July of 1913, also at Death Valley,” the statement read.
“As this is an extreme temperature event, the recorded temperature will need to undergo a formal review. A Climate Extremes Committee will be formed to verify the validity of the 130°F reading.”
Temperatures are predicted to further rise on Monday and Tuesday, gradually falling as the week proceeds. But heat enough to send minds haywire will continue for longer.
This recent record breaks the previous record of 2013 in the same region, where temperatures recorded touched 54C or 129.2F.
The highest temperature, also from the same place is disputed, the BBC notes, which was claimed to have gone up to 134F, or 56.6C 100 years ago.
The sudden spike in temperature comes shortly after two days of blackout in California ending Saturday, after rising temperatures enacted the power grids defunct.
A ‘Stage 3’ emergency was declared in the region after the heatwave ramped up people’s electricity demand surpassing the supply capacity of the power grids.
The extreme temperatures also gave birth to a rare weather phenomenon called ‘firenado’ or fire tornadoes. A huge, disastrous swirl of fire was spotted near a wildfire in California.
The rising heat from the forest fires created what is called a pyrocumulonimbus cloud which usually forms over intense heat regions, and is capable of spawning “a fire-induced tornado and outflow winds in excess of 60 mph,” as said by CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.
Extreme heatwaves can be fatal to health and in some cases infrastructure. Immediate health effects can range from heat strokes, dehydration, and heat cramp. Public advice in such cases often says to remain indoors in air conditioning as much as possible and drink enough fluids.