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The National Weather Service announced today that Death Valley’s Furnace Creek reached a preliminary high temperature of 130° F (54.4° C) at 3:41 p.m. Sunday. Once verified, this would be the hottest temperature recorded on Earth since July of 1913, which also happened at Death Valley. The temperature was so high at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center that the display monitor glitched and showed a warmer temperature, due to its sensor being closer to radiant heat from the metal posts. Read more for two videos and additional information.
According to the National Weather Service, Sunday’s temperature at Death Valley also broke the previous high temperature record of 125° F set on Aug. 16, 1994 as well as the monthly record for August of 127° F, which was set in 1933, 1993 and 2017. The World Meteorological Organization states that the highest temperature ever recorded was 134° F (56.7° C) on July 10, 1913, at the same site: Death Valley’s Furnace Creek Ranch.
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