California's Death Valley may have set new global temperature record

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 17th, 2020 4:25 pm
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Last Updated Aug 18th, 2020 at 10:36 am

An automated observation system in California's Death Valley operated by the U.S. National Weather Service reported an air temperature of 130 Fahrenheit on Sunday, a reading that may be the hottest global temperature ever recorded in Earth's history.

The temperature, which has been confirmed to be the hottest air temperature anywhere on the planet in at least a century, was recorded at 3:41 p.m. at Furnace Creek.

The World Meteorological Organization said it would need to formally review the temperature before accepting it.

A temperature of 134 °F was recorded in Death Valley in July 1913, but some meteorologists dispute the older record. Recent research seems to indicate that the incorrect reading was the result of observer error.


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