Since weather records began in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1937, it has never been hotter than today – when it sizzled to 117 degrees. Only one other day in recorded history could match this heat: July 24, 1942.
(What happened in Vegas, can stay in Vegas!)
Via the National Weather Service, Las Vegas:
The high temperature at the official long term Las Vegas climate station at McCarran International Airport has reached 117 degrees today, June 30th. This ties the all-time record high for Las Vegas first set on July 24, 1942 and tied on July 19, 2005. The previous all-time record high for June in Las Vegas was 116 degrees on June 15, 1940. Official records in Las Vegas date back to 1937.
The 117-degree reading was Vegas’ hottest temperature ever recorded in June. The previous record was 116 set June 15, 1940.
Meanwhile, The Weather Channel is saying it’s possible Death Valley reached at least 129 today, and possibly 130. If it hit 130, that would be the hottest reading there in 100 years. Death Valley’s all-time hottest temperature is 134 from July 10, 1913, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
Death Valley automated thermometer reached 129.1º today, which means official high may have hit 130º – via Chris Burt @wunderground
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) July 1, 2013
Update, 10:10 p.m. eastern: It’s not clear the 129 degree reading reported by The Weather Channel for Death Valley is accurate. The National Weather Service reports the high today in Death Valley was 128…still plenty hot and hot enough to tie its hottest temperature on record in June (matching Saturday’s high, as well as June 29, 1994).