The United States has had its fair share of scorching hot days in the past centuries. But what was the hottest day in American history? Let’s delve into the records and find out.
The Hottest Temperature Recorded in the US
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in the United States. On July 10, 1913, temperatures soared to a staggering 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 degrees Celsius) at Furnace Creek Ranch. This temperature still holds as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
The Hottest Day on Record for each State
Although the record for hottest temperature recorded belongs to California, each state has its own record for hottest day on record. Here are some of those records:
- Alabama: 112 °F (44.4 °C) on September 5, 1925, in Centerville
- Arizona: 128 °F (53.3 °C) on June 29, 1994, in Lake Havasu City
- Florida: 109 °F (42.8 °C) on June 29, 1931, in Monticello
- Georgia: 112 °F (44.4 °C) on August 20, 1983, in Greenville and also July 24 and August 16 of that year.
- Kansas: 121°F (49°C) on July 24,1936 – Alton Kansas
The Causes of Extreme Heat Waves
Extreme heat waves like these can be caused by a variety of factors including high-pressure systems that trap heat near the surface or urban areas that retain heat due to the abundance of concrete and asphalt. Climate change can also contribute to extremely high temperatures.
How to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat
During periods of extreme heat, it is essential to stay cool and hydrated. Some tips for staying safe during high temperatures include:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Avoiding outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day
- Wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Staying in air-conditioned areas when possible
The Bottom Line
The hottest day in American history was on July 10, 1913, when Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California recorded a temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 degrees Celsius). However, each state has its own record for hottest day on record. It’s important to stay safe during extreme heat by following simple guidelines like staying hydrated and avoiding outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day.