Record 55C temperature predicted in Death Valley as tourists flock to park

Tourists are flocking to a national park in the United States in a bid to experience world-record temperatures.

Although many people tend to seek shelter from scorching heat, some thrill-seekers are on their way to Death Valley National Park, where it’s thought the temperature could hit a remarkable 55C tomorrow (Sunday).

Death Valley is well known for its soaring temperatures, but this weekend could be something else entirely, reports the New York Post.

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Earlier this week, a German tourist grabbed a snap of the famous thermometer at the park’s visitor centre during the heatwave.

“I was really noticing [that] I didn’t feel so hot, but my body was working really hard to cool myself,” said keen runner Daniel Jusehus, whose photo showed the thermometer reading 48C.

But that temperature should be massively beaten over the weekend, say experts at the National Weather Service.

Weather forecasts suggest that the region, which is already suffering from a weeks-long heatwave, is expected to see conditions become even more severe over the next few days, and the service said the current “heat dome” in the area was “one of the strongest high-pressure systems this region has ever seen”.

It added that more than 100 records could be smashed over the coming days, adding to the more than 1,000 records set over the past month.

Death Valley National Park sits between California and Nevada – two states known for the hot weather. Signs at the park warn hikers not to venture out after 10am.

“It does feel like the sun has gone through your skin and is getting into your bones,” said park ranger Nichole Andler.

Alessia Dempster, a visitor from Edinburgh, told the New York Post: “It’s very hot. I mean, especially when there’s a breeze, you would think that maybe that would give you some slight relief from the heat, but it just really does feel like an air blow dryer just going back in your face.”

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