Death Valley in California records the hottest temperature on Earth in more than a hundred years

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DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CA JULY 14: Heat waves rise near a heat danger warning sign on the eve of the AdventurCORPS Badwater 135 ultra-marathon race on July 14, 2013 in Death Valley National Park, California. Billed as the toughest footrace in the world, the 36th annual Badwater 135 starts at Badwater Basin in Death Valley, 280 feet below sea level, where athletes begin a 135-mile non-stop run over three mountain ranges in extreme mid-summer desert heat to finish at 8,350-foot near Mount Whitney for a total cumulative vertical ascent of 13,000 feet. July 10 marked the 100-year anniversary of the all-time hottest world record temperature of 134 degrees, set in Death Valley where the average high in July is 116. A total of 96 competitors from 22 nations are attempting the run which equals about five back-to-back marathons. Previous winners have completed all 135 miles in slightly less than 24 hours. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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The US National Weather Service said that a reading of a thermometer in the Furnace Creek area in Death Valley in southern California’s desert rose to 54.4, becoming the highest degree Celsius recorded in the world for more than 100 years.

“If confirmed, it will be the highest officially proven temperature since July 1913,” the authority said of the recorded reading, indicating that the numbers are still preliminary.

The World Meteorological Organization says the record for the highest temperature ever, 56.7 degrees Celsius, was recorded in Death Valley on July 10, 1913.

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