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Death Valley temp may tie June record

July 1, 2013 • National News


Eight-year-old Willie Fitts holds his nose as he dips his head in the spray of a fountain at the Red Ridge Park kids water park in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Saturday’s daytime high was expected to reach 117 degrees, which is the city’s all-time high. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A heat wave smothering the West was rewriting record books, likely tying a more than century-old U.S. record in California as Las Vegas and other cities came out of their hottest June ever into a July that brought little relief.

California’s Death Valley National Park tentatively recorded a high temperature of 129 degrees, which would tie the all-time June record high for the United States, the National Weather Service said Monday. It could take months to verify whether Sunday’s high beats the record set in 1902 at Volcano, a former town near the Salton Sea in southeastern California.

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