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Tourists are flocking to Death Valley to experience possible world record heat of 131 degrees

Tourists are flocking to Death Valley to experience possible world record heat of 131 degrees

Death Valley National Park is the hottest place on Earth and will be breaking records with its heat this weekend, attracting tourists.

Everyone loves to sun it up when on holiday, but is travelling to experience world-record-breaking heat a bit much?

While most people prefer to lap up a little heat, there are tourists who prefer to roast - which is what the visitors of this famous American park have decided to try out.

An expected boiling world heat record in California’s Death Valley National is set to blow tourists away with how sweltering it will be.

But that’s not going to stop them from visiting, in fact, it’s the exact reason they’ll be going to it, with copious amounts of sun cream (hopefully).

As reported by Forbes, the popular destination is situated straddling California and Nevada, Furnace Creek, near the Park’s visitor centre and is known for its sky-high temperatures, which makes this the hotspot for those who are looking for something hotter than your usual getaway.

Tourists are flocking to experience record-breaking heat.

With the National Weather Service expecting the heat to hit a high of 131 degrees Fahrenheit (55 Celsius) tomorrow, this will be a world record for the hottest temperature ever ‘reliably’ recorded.

But don’t think once the sun goes down that the scorching temps will wear off, as even then it’s projected to pass three digits.

Regardless of the temperature, there’s no doubt that there will be some tourists who will not heed the warnings to stay away past 10 a.m. and ignore heat-danger warning signs.

What we do for a tan, eh?

Now, although this is record-breaking heat to us, according to the park service the actual hottest temperature recorded at Death Valley was 134 degrees in July 1913. This would certainly be enough to fry an egg or two on any rock you happen to pass by.

Death Valley is known as the hottest place on Earth.

But ​​according to Forbes, scientists doubt the accuracy of that reading, and it’s just one out of many records from that time that have come under the microscope by the World Meteorological Organization.

The WMO keeps official global weather records and maintains that the hottest temperature ever measured on Earth was 134 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley in 1913.

Though, this measurement was only declared a record in 2012 a review threw out the previous record of 136 degrees F in Al ʻAzīzīyah, Libya, from 1922 due to issues with the instrument and its placement.

But experts also doubt the legitimacy of the 134-degree measurement, like Christopher Burt who is a former worker at the WMO.

Burt, who worked in the decertification team, called the 1913 record “100% bogus,” and blamed an inexperienced temperature observer for the fault, so maybe the highest record has yet to be confirmed.

This hotspot is famous for its high heat.
Picryl / Highsmith, Carol M., 1946-, photographer

Sitting nearly 300 feet below sea level in the Mojave Desert, the Park isn’t just sweltering, it’s also incredibly dry and dusty, which is a nightmare if you’re looking for somewhere to cool down whilst on your walk.

As reported by the publication, a German tourist Daniel Jusehus decided to take a trip to the visitor centre earlier this week, challenging himself to run in the heat.

Taking a picture of the famous thermometer which shows the heat you’ll be facing when at the Park, he took his run at 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48 Celsius).

He said: “I was really noticing, you know, I didn’t feel so hot, but my body was working really hard to cool myself.”

Park Ranger Nichole Andler said that the heat at Death Valley ​“does feel like the sun has gone through your skin and is getting into your bones,” which is why they implement a strict 10am curfew for hikers, with signs warning visitors.

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