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Death Valley approaches 130°; hottest temperature ever recorded on earth

Death Valley approaches 130°; hottest temperature ever recorded on earth
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Posted at 9:35 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 12:33:30-04

(WXYZ) — Death Valley, California is the known for being the hottest place on earth. We know it's hot, but it's still surprising to see just how hot it gets there.

The last four days in Death Valley have had highs of 120°, 124°, 128° and 124°.
The low temperatures the past two nights were both 100°.

The 128° high for Sunday, July 12 is just 1° shy of the record for the highest temperatures ever recorded on earth; a record set in Death Valley on June 30, 2013.

It reached 129.2° that day.

There is still some dispute if the previous temperature recordings of 131°, 130° and 134° from Death Valley in July of 1913 were accurate. Many climatologists will refer to the 129° in 2013 as the "real" record for the highest temperature ever recorded on earth.

The highest minimum temperature in a 24-hour period in Death Valley is 110°, from July 5, 1918.

The most consecutive low temperatures of 100°+ is 3 days (July 17 - 19, 1959)
The most consecutive high temperatures of 120°+ is 43 days (July 6 - August 17, 1917)

You can find a complete overview of the climate in Death Valley from the NWS here.