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Death Valley 130F / 54.4C Sunday, hottest recorded in 107 years.

Death Valley 130F / 54.4C Sunday, hottest recorded in 107 years.

August 16, 2020

COACHELLA VALLEY, Ca. – Parts of the Southern California desert experienced record-breaking heat on Sunday with Death Valley hitting 130 degrees — the hottest temperature the area has recorded in over 107 years (since July 1913), when it hit 134F, according to the National Weather Service.

Hottest place on Earth – Death Valley Hits 130F, August 16, 2020 3:41 p.m.

On the afternoon of July 10, 1913, the United States Weather Bureau recorded a high temperature of 134 °F (56.7 °C) at Furnace Creek in Death Valley, which stands as the highest ambient air temperature ever recorded at the surface of the Earth.

In the midst of a historic heat wave in the West, the mercury in Death Valley, Calif., surged to a searing 130 degrees on Sunday afternoon, possibly setting a world record for the highest temperature ever observed during the month of August.

The temperature in Death Valley hit 130 degrees at 3:41 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. If verified, the reading would break Death Valley’s previous August record by three degrees, the Weather Service tweeted.

If the temperature is valid, it would also rank among the top-three highest temperatures ever measured on the planet at any time and may, in fact, be the highest.

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