US Hit with Heatwave: Hottest Temperature ever recorded

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 17: Visitors walk near a sign warning of extreme heat danger on August 17, 2020 in Death Valley National Park, California. The temperature reached 130 degrees at Death Valley National Park on August 16, hitting what may be the hottest temperature recorded on Earth since at least 1913, according to the National Weather Service. Park visitors have been warned, ‘Travel prepared to survive.’ (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

In Death Valley, California a deadly heatwave continues to punish the Western United States. On Sunday temperatures hit all-time record highs for the third day in a row. The scorched earth heat of  130-degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius), was the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet.

Reuters reports that this weekend, outside the Furnace Creek Visitors Center in Death Valley tourists, gathered at the National Park to witness the event. On Saturday the National Weather Service recorded the temperature at 130-degrees making it one of the highest ever recorded on Earth. Outside the visitors center, a park ranger measured the sidewalk temperature of 178-degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday.

Most visitors stayed inside their air-conditioned cars. And only got out to get photos with the Park thermometer.

The National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings across parts of California, Oregon, Nevada, and New Mexico. The NWS cautioned residents that high temperatures are hazardous to their health. And urged that everyone keep children, the elderly, and pets cool.