Death Valley Just Recorded The Hottest Temperature On Earth

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Sunday was one seriously hot day in Death Valley, California!

The temperature spiked to a staggering 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the national park, drawing large crowds of tourists who gathered to take pictures with the park’s thermometer. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is still working to confirm the temperature, but if Sunday’s reading stands, it will go down as the hottest temperature ever reliably┬árecorded. At the very least, it will go down as the hottest temperature ever recorded in August.

Reliably recorded” is the key wording in this situation. On July 10, 1913, the temperature at Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California, spiked to 134 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the WMO. However, the reading is often cited as the highest temperature recorded on Earth, but is very much debated by some in the meteorological community. Some have argued that instruments at the time were simply not reliable enough to have accurately recorded such temperatures.

A previous record of 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded in 1922 in El Azizia, Libya, was disqualified 90-years later, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. The Guiness Book noted that the record could have been off by as much as 7-degrees due to the type of surface it was recorded on.