July set Death Valley record
There’s hot, and then there’s Death Valley hot.
While Southern California and much of the West cooked in July under a pair of heat waves that killed livestock, knocked out power and encouraged wildfires, nowhere was the heat more brutally enduring than in Death Valley.
According to the National Weather Service, Death Valley National Park broke its 100-year-old record for the hottest month ever in July, when the average temperature was 107.4 degrees, eclipsing the 1917 record of 107.2.
Though 107 degrees doesn’t sound that bad, keep in mind the average includes nighttime temperatures.
The average overnight temperature in Death Valley last month was 95 degrees.
The average daytime high was 119.6, said meteorologist Alex Boothe.
“It looks like there were a couple of days below 115,” he said — a consolation of some sort.
The hottest day of the month was July 7, when it reached 127 degrees. It also reached that temperature twice in June.
The world record for heat — 134 degrees — was set in Death Valley on June 10, 1913.
COLLEEN ZATO, center, and a member of her support team during the annual Badwater 135-mile race in Death Valley last month.