Western USA Bake: The hottest showed 56,6 degrees Celsius

Many areas are on alert due to heat

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A severe heat wave has hit the western United States for the third consecutive day with record temperatures since records were kept and the thermometer showed yesterday, Sunday, in Death Valley, California, 54 degrees Celsius.

The thermometer outside the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in the heart of Death Valley was just 4 degrees Celsius just before 56,6pm local time yesterday, and a National Park Service foreman said the temperature was usually slightly higher than indicated. .

The National Meteorological Service recorded yesterday a temperature of 54,4 degrees Celsius, which, if confirmed, will be one of the highest ever recorded on Earth.

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81,1 degrees Celsius on a sidewalk

Yesterday at noon, a ranger measured the temperature on the sidewalk outside the visitor center and it was 81,1 degrees Celsius.

"I came here to see how hot it is," said Richard Raider of Scottsdale, Arizona, who rode his bike 16 miles [XNUMX km] along Death Valley yesterday.

Other tourists got out of their air-conditioned cars for as long as it took to pose for photos with the thermometer in the background.

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The sweltering heat that swept across much of the Northwest Pacific caused power outages and major forest fires, including one in southern Oregon that threatened homes and led to power outages.

The National Weather Service has issued a warning for extremely high temperatures in most parts of the region and warned residents that high temperatures could be dangerous to the health of themselves and their loved ones, especially young children and the elderly.

Source: Newsbeast.gr