California’s Death Valley Records Highest Temperature On Earth

What could be the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth may have been reached in Death Valley National Park, California.

Jessica David

August 18, 2020

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California’s Death Valley hit a record high of 54.4-degree Celsius (or 130-degree Fahrenheit) on Sunday afternoon (August 16, 2020), making it possibly the hottest global reading ever registered on the planet in a century, the US National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed. “If verified, this will be the hottest temperature officially verified since July 23, 1913,” said NWS Las Vegas, which owns the automated observation system, of the reading on Sunday afternoon, emphasizing that it was preliminary. It will need to undergo a formal review before the record is confirmed because of its significance, NWS tweeted.

The NWS’s automated weather station close to the Furnace Creek visitors’ centre near the border with Nevada hit the extreme high at 3.41 p.m. local time. Death Valley’s all-time record high, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), is 134F (56.7C) taken on July 10, 1913, at Greenland Ranch. That reading still stands at the hottest ever recorded temperature on the planet’s surface, according to the WMO.

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