2013-06-06 / Front Page

Yosemite Park posts all-time high temp on June 8

It’s official. Saturday, June 8 will go down as one of the hottest days ever in Mariposa County.

On Monday, Yosemite National Park officials said the day’s 105 degree reading in Yosemite Valley eclipsed all previous readings at the location. The previous record, 103 degrees, was tagged in 1976 and 1916, Park spokesperson Kari Cobb said in a statement.

Saturday’s mark is a “new all-time high temperature” record for the Park, the statement said.

While the reading is a hot one for the Valley’s 3,966-ft. elevation, it pales in comparison with Saturday’s number from El Portal—a full 2,000 feet below.
According to a National Weather Service sensor, El Portal touched 113 degrees around 2 p.m. on Saturday.

El Portal resident Jack Kari knew there was only one thing to do to deal with it.
“I was literally at the river all day,” he said of his local spot, Patty’s swimming hole.

Read this week's MARIPOSA GAZETTE for more on last weekend's weather records.

--Erik Skindrud / GAZETTE EDITOR

No one was wandering around Ahwahnee Meadow during the height of heat last weekend, this image from a Yosemite Conservancy Web cam shows. Image: Yosemite ConservancyNo one was wandering around Ahwahnee Meadow during the height of heat last weekend, this image from a Yosemite Conservancy Web cam shows. Image: Yosemite Conservancy

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