Weather Oddity in Death Valley: First 120 Degree High of 2014 in World’s Record Hottest Place

Temperatures were pretty high this week-end in Switzerland (where I live). But nothing compared to this!

If you think it is too hot where you live, then don’t travel to Death Valley! On Sunday, June 8, 2014 an amazing 120°F was measured. It was the first time but probably not the last time in 2014.

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A competitor passes the unofficial thermometer at Furnace Creek Visitor Center during the AdventurCORPS Badwater 135 ultra-marathon race on July 15, 2013 in Death Valley National Park, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

This is pretty high if you think that average highs this time of the year are around 108 degrees (and can climb up to 117 degrees from mid-July to the beginning of August). But if you still want to visit this unexpected place, you should go early mornings, when temperatures are around 90 degrees.

Did you know?

Other than the Desert Southwest states of Arizona, Nevada, California and New Mexico, only six other states (Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota and North Dakota) have ever recorded a temperature in the 120s, most of which occurred during the historically hot Dust Bowl summer of 1936, according to Weather Underground.

For more temperature records about Death Valley, please read this!

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