Death Valley, Las Vegas smash records as heat wave in West persists

Triple-digit highs were felt in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada as well as in California, donde Gobernador. Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation on Thursday over concerns regarding energy grid capacity.

GOBIERNO DE CALIFORNIA. NEWSOM DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AMID EXTREME HEAT

To the south of Sacramento, the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Prediction Center (WPC) announced that California’s Death Valley had reached a scorching 128 degrees Fahrenheit.

The desert valley has long been the record-holder for the highest air temperature ever recorded on Earth – 134 degrees Fahrenheit recorded in 1913, though that figure is reportedly contested – and just last year the agency reported a temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley, cuales the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said at the time would be the third-hottest temperature ever recorded if verified after a months-long analysis.

In Nevada, the NWS y forecaster AccuWeather said Friday high temperatures in Las Vegas would peak at a toasty 114 grados, challenging records dating back to 1940.

In a release, the WMO noted that the extreme temperatures were part of a trend due to climate change, with heat wavesmore frequent and more intense.

Gerry Huddleston of Santa Rosa, Calf. cools off in the very shallow water of the Russian River, miércoles, junio 16, 2021 at the Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, Calif. An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. oeste, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decades-long drought. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

Gerry Huddleston of Santa Rosa, Calf. cools off in the very shallow water of the Russian River, miércoles, junio 16, 2021 at the Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, Calif. An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. oeste, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decades-long drought. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

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