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‘Insanely hot’: Death Valley records world temperature record

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Temperature at Furnace Creek weather station – in Mojave Desert – soared as high as 54.4C (130F).

One of the hottest air temperatures recorded anywhere on the planet in at least a century, and possibly ever, was reached at Death Valley in California’s Mojave Desert where it soared to 54.4 Celsius (130 Fahrenheit).

An automated observation system run by the US National Weather Service in the valley’s sparsely populated Furnace Creek reported the record at 3:41pm (22:41 GMT) on Sunday at the crest of an extreme heatwave, a more frequent occurrence due to climate change.

It was a dry heat: Humidity fell to 7 percent. But it felt “insanely hot” all the same, according to meteorologist Daniel Berc at the weather service’s Las Vegas bureau. A heatwave roasting much of the western United States would continue all week, he said on Monday.

“It’s literally like being in an oven,” he said in a telephone interview. “Today is another day we could take another run at 130F.”

Tourists on Monday took selfies by an outdoor, unofficial thermometer at the Death Valley visitor centre while avoiding touching metal surfaces with bare skin.

Those who live and work in Furnace Creek, which had a population of 24 in the 2010 census, saw cause for concern in the record.

“We are seeing more records being broken at a daily and monthly level,” said Brandi Stewart, a public information officer for Death Valley National Park who can see the Furnace Creek weather station from her window. “It is significant that we’re seeing more records breaking.”

Effects of climate change

A temperature of 134F (56.7C) was recorded in Death Valley in July 1913, and Kebili, Tunisia, is said to have hit 131F in July 1931, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

But recent research by Christopher Burt, an extreme weather expert, has led some meteorologists to view these older records as the results of observer error.

Climate change has pushed global temperatures to new highs. In Europe, northern Spain broke local heat records in July, while wheat fields in France caught fire.

Forests across Siberian Russia are seeing unprecedented wildfires, while the Arctic sea ice shrank to a record low for July due to melting.

A visitor at the Death Valley National Park attempts to fry an egg amid extreme heat in the area on Monday [David Becker/Reuters]

Summer heat is so routinely extreme that tourists are warned to drink at least four litres (one gallon) of water each day, carry additional water in their cars, stay close to their vehicles and watch themselves and others for dizziness, nausea and other symptoms of potentially deadly heat illness.

In Furnace Creek, staff and guests at The Oasis hotel were being urged to wear hats and sip water relentlessly while outside, according to general manager John Kukreja.

He tells guests that extreme heat does strange, deceptive things to the body.

“You’re going to sweat, and the sweat’s going to dry instantly, and you’re never going to know you actually felt hot,” he said. “Your hair stands on end. It’s almost like you feel like you’re cold, like goosebumps.”

The extreme heat has also ignited fires in the region.

On Saturday, a fire tornado formed during a bushfire near Chilcoot, California, worsened by the western heatwave.

The fire was “burning so incredibly intense, so there is just so much heat going into it” that air rose in a swirl just like what happens in some thunderstorms, said Dawn Johnson, senior meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Reno, Nevada.

“It almost looks like a bomb went off.”

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Russian, Belarus presidents discuss situation in Karabakh via phone

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The topic of Karabakh was discussed, among other issues, in a phone talk between Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, held on April 15, the press service of the Russian Presidential Administration said following the talk, Trend reports referring to TASS.

"In the context of the recent visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Azerbaijan, the topic of Karabakh settlement was raised," noted the press service.

Putin and Lukashenko expressed their intention to further comprehensively strengthen Russian-Belarusian allied relations.

"During the talk, some important issues of the bilateral agenda have been discussed. Mutual disposition was expressed to further strengthen allied relations between the two countries in a comprehensive way," added the press service.

Following over a month of the Second Karabakh War between Armenia and Azerbaijan from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020, a joint statement was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia to end the war.

A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in Karabakh were introduced on Nov. 10, 2020.

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Turkey sees decline in number of real estates bought by Azerbaijani citizens in 1Q2021

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Azerbaijani citizens purchased 251 real estate properties in Turkey from January through March 2021, which is 33 properties less compared to the same period of 2020, Trend reports with reference to the Turkish State Authority on Land Cadastre and Real Estate Purchase and Sale.

In March 2021, Azerbaijani citizens purchased 106 real estate properties in Turkey, which is 11 properties more compared to March 2020, said the authority’s report.

According to the report, a total of 111,241 properties were sold in Turkey in March 2021, which is 2.4 percent more compared to the same month of 2020.

In the reporting month, 4,248 real estate properties were sold to foreigners in Turkey, which is 39.9 percent more compared to the same month of 2020.

By late 2020, Azerbaijani citizens purchased 1,279 real estate properties in Turkey.

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Opening of Zangazur corridor to expand Azerbaijan’s transit potential, says expert

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The opening of the Zangazur corridor will ensure reviving the old system of routes passing through the South Caucasus, Ilgar Valizade, Head of the South Caucasus political scientists' club, told Trend.

Valizade noted that other railway corridors are joining this railway system.

The opening of the Zangazur corridor will allow opening the railway lines of the Julfa district of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan with access to the Iranian railways, the club’s head said.

The political scientist noted that work continues on the construction of the Kars-Igdir railway, which will connect the Zangazur corridor through Nakhchivan with Kars.

In this way, the railway ring will make it possible to create such routes as Kars-Igdir-Nakhchivan and Nakhchivan-Baku, he stressed.

Valizade believes that the development of the transport sector will contribute to the growth of the country's economy and related transport infrastructure.

“The Zangazur corridor is not only railways but also automobile roads. The creation of this corridor will also open up road connections,” the expert said.

The creation of this route will become a convenient way of direct deliveries of Turkish goods to Azerbaijan and back, he added.

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