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Death Valley Literally Turns Deadly With Possibly Highest Temp Recorded on Earth in Over a Century

© AP Photo / U.S. National Park ServiceThis Jan. 2019 photo provided by the U.S. National Park Service shows vehicle tracks in an area of Death Valley National Park, Calif.
This Jan. 2019 photo provided by the U.S. National Park Service shows vehicle tracks in an area of Death Valley National Park, Calif. - Sputnik International
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A desert valley in eastern California, known to many as a Death Valley, is the record holder for the highest temperature ever registered on our planet. As a strong heatwave continues to sweep across the southwestern regions of the US, this boiling point may have now reached a new milestone.

Temperatures in California's Death Valley really turned deadly on Sunday afternoon, reaching 54.4 degrees Celsius or 130 Fahrenheit, as revealed by the National Weather Service on Twitter.

​If verified, these numbers spotted at 3:41 p.m. would set a new record for the hottest temperature officially recorded there – and possibly on the whole planet – since July 1913. This would also be the highest temp ever observed in the valley during the month of August, the agency said.

© AP Photo / U.S. National Park ServiceThis undated photo provided by the U.S. National Park Service shows vehicle tracks beyond a sign banning vehicles in the North Panamint dry lake area during the recent federal government shutdown in an area of Death Valley National Park, Calif
Death Valley Literally Turns Deadly With Possibly Highest Temp Recorded on Earth in Over a Century - Sputnik International
This undated photo provided by the U.S. National Park Service shows vehicle tracks beyond a sign banning vehicles in the North Panamint dry lake area during the recent federal government shutdown in an area of Death Valley National Park, Calif

According to a leading member of the World Meteorological Organisation's (WMO) climate extremes team, Randy Cerveny, there is no reason to distrust these observations, which he found "legitimate".

"I am recommending that the World Meteorological Organisation preliminarily accept the observation", the weather expert told The Washington Post in an email.

The highest temperature to ever hit Death Valley was recorded on 10 July 1913, with a blistering 56.6°C or 134°F. It is now also believed to be the hottest mercury reading ever observed on Earth, after 58°C (136.4°F) measurements spotted at El Azizia, Libya on 13 September 1922 were discarded by the WMO. The agency said that this previous world record was likely to be wrongly measured due to a human error. However, some still doubt the legitimacy of the 1913 Death Valley record as well.

The development comes as extreme temperatures continue to grip the United States, setting daily heat records across the country, with Woodland Hills reporting a 44.4°C on Saturday – the highest temperature locals have experienced since 1977.

Meanwhile, the record for the lowest readings ever observed on Earth belong to the Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica. On 21 July 1983, the temperature there plunged to −89.2°C (−128.6°F).

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