California’s Death Valley hits 54.4°C — world’s ‘hottest ever’ temperature on record

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Bengaluru: California’s Death Valley hit a record high of 54.4°C (or 130°F) Sunday afternoon in what could be the hottest reading ever reliably registered on Earth in modern history.

Death Valley is part of the Mojave Desert in North America. Furnace Creek, where the temperature was recorded, is considered to be one of the hottest places on earth, at par with deserts in the Arabian Peninsula and the Sahara. It is also the lowest, driest, and hottest location in the US, at 190-feet below sea level.

The temperature was recorded at 3.41 pm local time Sunday, according to the US National Weather Service. It will, however, have to be verified first by the World Meteorological Organization.

If proven correct, this weekend’s record will stand as the highest ever reliably recorded temperature in the world until broken.

The west coast of North America has been reeling under a historic heat wave in the past several days. Multiple cities have broken record temperatures over the last week.

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