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Death Valley may break September heat record

Death Valley, among the hottest places on the planet, may tie or break its all-time record for September this upcoming weekend and perhaps the planet’s.

The most recent: The temperature on Thursday hit 124 degrees Fahrenheit at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park just 0.6F lower compared to the record for September at the station set on Sept. 5, 2020, per the National Weather Service.

The picture as a whole: The location’s record for September is 125F, while it’s 126F for the earth, per the Washington Post.

  • NWS models are showing a variety of 123-126F from Friday through Monday.

Of note: Death Valley holds the planet record for hottest temperature ever at 134F, that was measured back July 1913.

Driving the news headlines: A heat dome with high atmospheric pressure has been lingering on the Southwest, raising temperatures above normal, Axios’ Andrew Freedman writes.

Threat level: The hot temperatures could last for many days, sizzling states such as for example Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Montana and Utah, Freedman notes.

Context: Studies also show climate change is worsening extreme weather events and causing heat waves to are more frequent and longer-lasting.

Go deeper: An “Extreme Heat Belt” will soon emerge in the U.S., study warns

Editor’s note: This short article has been updated with Thursday’s temperature.

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