On July 10, 1913, a temperature of 134.1°F was recorded at the Furnace Creek Ranch in California’s Death Valley — the world’s highest air temperature on record. Furnace Creek has had temperatures above 129°F multiple times since then, most recently in August of 2020 and July of 2021. The summer heat waves of 2021 resulted in record high temperatures in other states as well, including Oregon at 119°F and Washington at 120°F. (Here are the warmest cities in America.)
This summer is shaping up to be similar to last, with over 100 million people currently under heat warnings or advisories in 28 states. 24/7 Wall St. has determined the hottest places in the U.S. right now using weather station data from the weather information service ogimet.com. The service sources information from multiple websites, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Many stations call in their weather data daily. Not all stations are represented.
All of the hottest places in the U.S. right now are in the South and Southwest, with nearly half of them in Texas and others in Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, and Nevada. With temperatures ranging from 107°F to 115°F in the places on the list, the risk of heat cramps or heat exhaustion for area residents is likely, with heat stroke also possible after prolonged exposure.
Fueled by human-caused climate change, extreme temperatures are becoming more frequent in the U.S. and around the globe. These heat waves have fueled an increase in droughts, leading to a decrease in crop yields as well as large scale livestock mortality. Extreme high temperatures have also contributed to uncontrollable wildfires that are becoming commonplace on the West Coast. (These are the places most likely to have wildfires.)
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