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Friday, June 28, 2013

Dangerous Temperatures In The Southwest

Elvis impersonator Cristian Morales wipes sweat from his brow while standing out on The Strip posing for photos with tourists, Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Elvis impersonator Cristian Morales wipes sweat from his brow while standing out on The Strip posing for photos with tourists, Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Temperatures in the Southwest are becoming dangerously high. Death Valley, California, could break the world record as the hottest place on Earth for the second time in 100 years.

Forecasters say the temperatures could approach 134 degrees — that’s the 1913 Death Valley record.

In these kinds of temperatures, people are advised to stay inside.

“You know how they say you can fry an egg on the ground? Well you can do that. Plus it will bake a little bit further. Just imagine putting yourself in an oven, and you’re going outside and you walked into an oven. That’s how hot it is,” said Ann Thompson, who works at the Shoshone Post Office, just south of Death Valley.

Thompson told Here & Now that most people try to stay inside, because it’s hot enough outside that people can become sick.

“They tell people to stay inside,” she said, noting that the news media is also telling people to keep their pets inside. “Or if not, keep them in the shade with a lot of water.”

The heat could cause problems for aircraft. High temperatures can interfere with take-off.


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  • Ducknose

    It’s 108 degrees at 11:50 in Tempe, Arizona, and it’s only going to get hotter!

  • Adam H

    I live in Scottsdale, Arizona and the forecast for the next 3 days shows temperature highs of 118°. I remember last summer we didn’t hit 118° until the middle/later part of July. It makes any sort of outdoor activities miserable and if you want to beat the heat the next best place you can visit is Payson or Flagstaff and even there where the elevation is 7,000 ft you can expect temperatures pushing 95°. The desert is a beautiful place but it’s not to be trifled with. Bring water with you everewhere!

  • Poor planners

    We live in Mesa, Arizona and tomorrow we are moving …. to PHOENIX  (about 12 miles away).  We have friends coming over with trucks and trailers so – we are starting early and hoping to finish before noon.  We’re going to have ice chests full of ice water and ice towels available for everyone as they go in and out of the house and garage.   We’re planning on  unloading most of the boxes in garage to speed up the process.    We may need to spread the move out over a few days but it will be worth it to keep everyone safe.

  • reneemjones

    Just wait for a hundred years or so when we reach the CO2 levels and accompanying temperatures last seen at the end of the Permian.

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