The Death Valley National Park, California, has just seen the highest temperature 130 °F (54.4 °C) ever recorded on earth by the US National Weather Service.
The scorching temperature comes amid the heatwave on the west coast of the US. The temperature forecasts are expected to elevate even more this week.
The tremendous condition had already led to two days of blackout in California due to the power plant’s major malfunctions last Saturday. Brandi Stewart, an employee of Death Valley National Park, said to BBC that this is oppressive heat and direct in your face.
Ms. Stewart has been living and working at the National Park for almost five years, and she has been spending a significant portion of time indoors this August as the current heat is too much to bear.
She has defined the condition as hitting in the face with a bunch of hairdryers. It feels like walking into a burning oven with heat all around you.
Suppose the World Meteorological Organization verify this particular heat data. In that case, it will surely be the hottest temperature since 1933, and the third time hottest temperature in the world since the record noting process began.
Previously, the last highest temperature recorded was 129.2 °F (54 °C) also in Death Valley in 2013.
A higher reading of 134 °F or 56.6 °C was recorded a century ago but believed to be disputed. Some new aged weather experts believe that record is a faulty one along with several other temperature records taken from that particular summer.
Based on the analysis in 2016 by Christopher Burt, a famous weather historian, the temperatures in that area in 1931 don’t support the actual readings of Death Valley.
Another highest record temperature on the planet is 131 °F or 55 °C recorded in Tunisia in 1931 during a colonial ruling. According to Burt, that particular record, along with the other records in the colonial era, had “serious credibility issues.“
The weather experts have assumed that it would reach its peak at the beginning of the week and begins to drop later, but the scorching heat will continue for at least ten days.
With the rising temperature, a large firenado appeared in Lassen county.
California’s Independent System Operator (CISO), which manages the power supply of the state has declared a stage 3 emergency. The emergency started when the demand begins the outrun the supply.
A large portion of the area’s power relies on solar and wind energy. Because people are gradually consuming electricity to run their air-conditioning units during the ongoing heatwave, the power grids are taking the substantial load and are at risk of fault.
To manage the demand of the state and to prevent a total blackout, the officials are following the scheduled rolling blackout system to control and conserve the energy.
When the temperature is continuously above 90 °F or 32 °C for consecutive two to three days, it is called extreme heat.
US public health body, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stated that heatwave had killed more people than any other extreme weather events in American history.
Heat cramps, dehydration, and potential fatal condition such as heat stroke are the immediate effects of heatwave on the human body.
The heatwave can also have serious adverse effects on agriculture either by causing vegetables to dry out of the heat and die or increasing the spread of plant diseases.