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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published July 10 2013

Weather Talk: Extreme heat of Death Valley reaches 129 degrees recently

Last summer, my son and I took a vacation to Death Valley in July for the purpose of experiencing extreme heat. We were not disappointed as the temperature reached 121 degrees the two days we were there, with an overnight low of 95.

As impressive as that was, perhaps we made the trip a year early. The heat in the desert Southwest the past couple of weeks has been remarkable. Death Valley has recorded temperatures as hot as 129 and has recorded overnight lows as hot as 105.

Some people would scoff at the difference, just as some people see no difference locally in winter between 20 below and 30 below. But to actually spend time outside, exposed to such extremes of temperature, reveals a considerable difference. A temperature of 129 is 8 degrees hotter than 121, and those eight degrees would be very noticeable.

Death Valley owns the world record for hottest temperature, at 134 degrees set July 10, 1913.

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