As anyone who has ever been there knows, it can get extremely hot in Death Valley, California. In fact, the hottest or highest temperature ever recorded in the world was recorded in Death Valley in the summer of 1913. But what is the coldest temperature ever recorded in Death Valley?
Here’s a quick list of the ten coldest temperatures ever recorded in Death Valley since 1911. The last temperature listed has occurred in other years than the ones listed, I’ve just listed the most recent occurrences.
Ten Coldest Temperatures Ever Recorded in Death Valley, California
1. January 8, 1913 – 15 Degrees (that is +15 degrees)
2. January 9, 1913 – 16 Degrees
3. January 19, 1928 – 18 Degrees
T-4. January 9, 1919 – 19 Degrees
T-4. December 27, 1924 – 19 Degrees
T-4. January 5, 1950 – 19 Degrees
T-4. January 7, 1950 – 19 Degrees
T-8. January 6, 1950 – 20 Degrees
T-8. January 13, 1960 – 20 Degrees
T-8. February 19, 1990 – 20 Degrees
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Death Valley is 134 degrees which occurred on June 10, 1913. For many years it was thought that the hottest temperature in the world was 136 degrees recorded in Libya in 1922, but that temperature recording has since been invalidated. That makes the 134 degrees recorded in Death Valley in 1913 the hottest temperature recording in the world.
If you have never been to Death Valley, it’s actually a pretty cool place to visit. There are visitor attractions in Death Valley like Scotty’s Castle, Zabriskie’s Point, sand dunes, Artist’s Drive and Palette, Dante’s View, Darwin Falls, Ubehebe Crater, and Badwater Basin.
Plus, if you go to Death Valley you can tell people you were at the hottest place on Earth. Here are some weather temperature facts about Death Valley.
Weather Temperature Facts About Death Valley
- The difference between the hottest and coldest temperature records in Death Valley is 119 degrees (134 minus 15). Despite the world record hottest temperature, that is not a huge difference in temperatures. In fact, only two states have more moderate temperature extreme records than 119 degrees.
- The record hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in Death Valley both occurred in the same year of 1913.
- Eight of the ten coldest temperatures ever recorded in Death Valley occurred in January.
- All except one of the ten coldest temperatures ever recorded in Death Valley occurred before 1961.
- The earliest 100 degree temperature day in Death Valley in any year since 1911 was on March 17th, and the latest 100 degree day was on October 28th.
- The latest below freezing temperature day in Death Valley in any year since 1911 was on April 20th, and the earliest below freezing day occurred on November 7th, though there have been three 32 degree days in October on the 11th, 12th and 13th.