When some people look for any resource to counteract the intense heat, there are those who take extreme risks and travel for pleasure to one of the places with the highest temperatures on the planet: Death Valley National Park.
Among the attractions that Death Valley has to offer are Bad water Basin, which at 282 feet below sea level is the lowest point of elevation in North America; as well as Furnace Creek, which is the site where on July 10, 1913 the highest temperature ever recorded on the planet was recorded, with 134 degrees.
Hereby heat wave, many tourists venture to visit Death Valley possibly with the illusion of witnessing a new maximum temperature record 110 years later.
During the summer, many tourists flock to Death Valley for the sole purpose of experiencing some of the most extreme temperatures not only in the United States, but on Earth.
“This heat here, 128 degrees, is a real problem,” a visitor from Arkansas told ABC.
At the Furnace Creek visitor center , They have recorded the highest temperatures on Earth. According to the National Weather Service, the official record high was 130 degrees, in July 2021.
According to Death Valley National Park officials, the heat could have been more intense more than a century ago, reaching 134 degrees in July 1913, a mark that is widely questioned by some skeptics who doubt the accuracy of the thermometers from those years.
One of Death Valley's park rangers, Nico Ramirez, noted that the geography is unique in the national park, which allows temperatures to settle during the summer. The valley that has the lowest point in North America is surrounded by two great mountain ranges: the Panamint Mountains to the west and the Black Mountains to the east.
“The heat is trapped in the valley. He tries to escape during the night, but he can't and he is forced to go downstairs and it heats up again, like an oven," Ramirez explained.
A favorite spot for tourists to take photos or selfies is the digital thermometer at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, where dozens of visitors stay until mid-afternoon as they watch the temperature soar toward 130 degrees, and hoping to witness a record.
NWS forecasts point to southern California seeing an increase in temperatures this weekend, which may draw more tourists to Death Valley and with eyes on the digital thermometer at Furnace Creek.
The city of Los Angeles is located 266 miles from Furnace Creek, in Death Valley.
To plan a trip to Death Valley National Park, we recommend consulting the visitor's guide at this link.