Death Valley Broke World Record For The Hottest July

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

Death Valley National Park is poised to set a new world record for its hottest July ever with an average temperature of 108.1 degrees.

The national park, located in Nevada and California, also reached a high of 127 degrees over four consecutive days in July. The park previously broke the world record in 2017 with an average temperature of 107.4 degrees, the Associated Press reported.

“It eclipsed the record by quite a bit,” said Todd Lericos, a Las Vegas meteorologist for the National Weather Service, according to the AP. Lericos also noted that the temperature data is still in its preliminary stage and needs to be reviewed before it’s put in the world record books.

Temperatures are measured at Furnace Creek, which is located in the national park. Death Valley broke the record for the highest temperature ever recorded — 134 degrees on July 10, 1913.

Tourists are advised to drink at least one gallon of water a day, consume sports drinks and eat salty foods while exploring the park, according to the national park’s website.

The park got its name after a group of 19th-century pioneers thought they’d be trapped and die there. Only one of the pioneers ended up perishing from the intense heat. (RELATED: Here Are Five Of The Prettiest National Parks)

This park also has the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin, which is 282 feet below sea level.

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