Southern California’s Death Valley reached dangerously high temperatures of 54.4ºC (130ºF) on Sunday, potentially the highest global temperature in more than 100 years.
According to the US National Weather Service (NWS), if verified, it will be the hottest temperature recorded in US history since 1913 and potentially the hottest ever reliably recorded in the world.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is currently verifying the data.
Because in 2020, why not add the hottest temperature ever recorded?
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Currently, Death Valley’s all-time record high, as per the WMO, is 56.7ºC (134ºF) which was recorded on July 10, 1913 at Greenland Ranch.
The WMO says those numbers still stand as the hottest temperature ever recorded on the Earth’s surface.
🥵Yep it was HOT out there today…
So hot in fact, that the PRELIMINARY high temperature @DeathValleyNPS was 130°F. If verified, this will be the hottest temperature officially verified since July of 1913. For more info…https://t.co/qFXcIVoPig#DeathValley #Climate #CAwx pic.twitter.com/lAl8NQDCyp
— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) August 17, 2020
The information needs to undergo a formal review before scorching its way into the record books.
Temperatures on Monday in Death Valley are still dangerously high on Monday with a predicted high of 129º F. The agency is warning people who live in East California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah to limit their outdoor activities between 5 am and 8 am.
Almost 60 million American citizens are currently in an extreme heat warning.