FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Could you imagine more than 35 days of temperatures at or above 110 degrees?
Me either, we have it pretty good in the Great Lakes Region.
But, you can’t help but feel for people that live in the Desert Southwest.
That’s where folks are dealing with extreme heat and smashing all-time record high temperatures.
One record that was in jeopardy Sunday was the hottest recorded temperature in the world.
��Yep it was HOT out there today...
So hot in fact, that the PRELIMINARY high temperature @DeathValleyNPS was 130°F. If verified, this will be the hottest temperature officially verified since July of 1913. For more info...https://t.co/qFXcIVoPig#DeathValley #Climate #CAwx pic.twitter.com/lAl8NQDCyp
— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) August 17, 2020
Death Valley hit a high of 130 degrees Sunday, which is the hottest recorded temperature in over 100 years.
According to the National Weather Service, the hottest temperature in the world was recorded in Death Valley in 1913 with a high of 134 degrees.
WMO will verify the temperature of 130°F (54.4C) reported at Death Valley, California, on Sunday. This would be the hottest global temperature officially recorded since 1931. pic.twitter.com/AOaWHKWVKJ
— World Meteorological Organization (@WMO) August 17, 2020
The high on Monday in Death Valley will be pretty close to 130 degrees.
Nearly 56 million people are under a heat advisory or excessive heat warning this week.
Extreme heat will continue to plague the western third of the country through the middle of this week. ~56 million people are under heat advisories or warnings, and many daily record high temperatures are forecast. pic.twitter.com/xHUYGiFURr
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) August 17, 2020
The high heat is due to an area of high pressure that is parked over the West Coast.
Usually during this time of the year, the west and southwestern US are experiencing a monsoon.
Unfortunately the monsoon season has been non-existent which is resulting in extreme drought conditions.
#DroughtMonitor 8/11: Spotlight on the CO River Basin
— NIDIS Drought.gov (@DroughtGov) August 13, 2020
It has been a downright sizzling summer for many areas in the US.
Last month was the hottest July on record for seven states along the eastern seaboard.