The temperature in Death Valley soared to a whopping 130°F this past Sunday, August 16, 2020. This is the hottest temperature recored on Earth since 1913, a time when meteorological science was less accurate than today. The previous high in Death Valley was 134°F recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records and is the reason the giant thermometer in Baker, California, stands at 134 feet tall.
Most of the southwestern U.S is going to experience unusually high temperatures, with the Death Valley area expected to be over 110, with Monday and Tuesday potentially reaching 121°F with lows in the 90’s.
There are a few things you can do to stay cool. Avoid direct sunlight and wear lightweight, loose fitting clothes, or wet bandanas on your shoulders or around your head. Run your A/C at 78°F and use fans. Shower in cool water as often as you need to. Keep your body hydrated by drinking more water than you usually do. Avoid alcoholic drinks, caffeinated drinks and drinks with large amounts of sugar. If you experience heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, dial 911.