PHOENIX -- Phoenix on Saturday set a high-temperature record of 115 degrees F, 46 deg C, for the date as emergency crews rescued several hikers at a popular recreation area in the city. The baking heat broke the previous record of 113 degrees set in 1945, the National Weather Service said. Saturday was the 14th day this year where Phoenix had a high of 115 degrees or more, topping the previous record of seven, the weather service said.
Tucson reached 107F, 42 deg C tying a 1945 record. The southern Arizona city was expected to break the record later Saturday with a high of 108, forecasters said. Both cities and numerous other desert areas in Arizona and southern Nevada are under excessive heat warnings in effect through Monday night. Forecasters advised limiting outdoor activity, staying inside in air-conditioned places, drinking plenty of water and checking family members and neighbours.
The Phoenix Fire Department said crews used a helicopter and ground vehicles to rescue four adults having heat-related issues in three separate incidents on Camelback Mountain. One person was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but the other three people declined to be transported, the department said. August in Phoenix was the warmest ever with an average high temperature of 110.7 degrees F 44 deg C and an average low of 99.1 degrees F 37 deg C, the weather service said.
Just three weeks ago, a very dangerous, long-lasting heatwave hit the western United States with temperatures soaring as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal from Arizona through to Washington State. Temperatures approaching 50 deg C (122F) were recorded in the Phoenix area, the city also broke the record for most days with a temperature at or above 115, beating the old record of 7 consecutive days. More than 34 million people were under excessive heat watches and warnings across California and the Southwest.
the highest temperature ever recorded here on Earth may have been beaten yesterday. A temperature of 130F (54.4C) was recorded in Death Valley National Park, California on Sunday. If the temperature is verified by the US National Weather Service it will be the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth.
The hottest temperature reliably recorded on Earth was 129.2F (54C) - also in Death Valley in 2013, however, a higher reading of 134F, or 56.6C a century earlier, also in Death Valley, is disputed. Back in late July 2020, Death Valley recorded a temperature of 128 deg F, (53 deg C).
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has officially evaluated temperature record extremes of 54.0 °C at two locations, one in Mitribah, Kuwait, on 21 July 2016 and a second in Turbat, Pakistan, on 28 May 2017. In its most intensive evaluation ever undertaken, the WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has verified the Mitribah observation as 129 deg F, 53.9 °C (± 0.1 °C margin of uncertainty) and the Turbat one as 128.6 deg F, 53.7 °C (± 0.4 °C). The Mitribah, Kuwait temperature is now accepted by the WMO as the highest temperature ever recorded for the continental region of Asia and the two observations are the third (tied within uncertainty limits) and fourth-highest WMO-recognized temperature extremes. Significantly, they are the highest, officially-recognized temperatures to have been recorded in the last 76 years. If verified, Sundays 130F (54.4C) will blow all the old records away but wait...Temperatures there are expected to rise in the coming days!