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The hottest places on earth are hotter than ever — at least in terms of temperatures recorded in modern times. According to the National Meteorological Service, Death Valley, California recorded high temperatures of 130 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday and 129.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday.
These temperatures occur because Death Valley and other parts of the western United States continue to be covered by scorching heat.Friday temperatures reach 130 degrees Recorded in August 2020..
Experts need to verify the 130 degree record this year and last year, but if correct, it will definitely be the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
Chris Outler, chief meteorologist at the NWS in Las Vegas, said:
Some meteorologists have pointed out a measurement of 134 degrees in Death Valley on July 10, 1913, but the record is widely controversial. Many meteorological communities suspect the mark because of the temperatures recorded that day in nearby areas.
As Outler points out, the 134 degree mark recorded in 1913 is an official record recognized by the World Meteorological Organization, although it is continuously debated.
Forecasters expected temperatures to approach or break that record this weekend.
According to Outler, it can take a year or more to determine record or near-record temperatures. He said the 130 degree mark last August is still in the process of being officialized.
“All the records we keep setting throughout the weekend are tentative,” Outler said. “Because Death Valley is a world record holder, [scrutiny] After the fact. ”