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Death Valley Heat Breaks All-Time US June Record

By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
July 02, 2013, 8:36:32 AM EDT

The heat across the West is so intense that Death Valley broke the all-time June record high for the United States on Sunday.

Close to 100 years after setting the world's all-time record high, temperatures in Death Valley soared to 129 degrees Sunday afternoon.

The record is currently 134 degrees from July 10, 1913, and was given back to Death Valley in September 2012 after a World Meteorological Organization panel determined that the temperature of 136 degrees registered at El Azizia, Libya, on September 13, 1922, was invalid.

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Even though the world's all-time record high remained untouched, Death Valley's record temperature for the first day of July fell victim to these scorching temperatures. The old record of 125 degrees was broken when Death Valley reached 127 Monday afternoon.


On Sunday, Death Valley breached its own June all-time record high of 128 degrees from June 29, 1994. The temperature Sunday reached 129 degrees. On Saturday, Death Valley tied the 128-degree reading.

Sunday's high of 129 degrees also ties the all-time June record high for the United States, which was first set in Volcano, Calif., (a former town near the Salton Sea) on June 23, 1902.

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