- The US National Weather Service reported a reading of 55 degrees Celsius at the desert valley on Sunday via their official Twitter account
- The Guinness World Record for highest temperature ever was set in 1913 at 55.7 degrees, also at the same desert valley
Temperatures in Death Valley National Park in the US state of California skyrocketed to a blistering 55 degrees Celsius on Sunday in what is possibly the highest mercury reading on Earth since 1913.
The temperature in Death Valley hit 55 degrees at 3.41 pm Sunday, the National Weather Service said in a tweet. If the US National Weather Service’s recording is correct, it would also be among the top-three highest temperatures to have ever been measured in Death Valley,
Death Valley also holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded on the planet: 56.6 degrees in 1913, according to Guinness World Records. That reading has been disputed, however.
Since then, a 53.9-degree reading was recorded in Death Valley in 2013. The reading comes amid an epic heat wave that continues to grip most of the southwestern US.
Multiple daily heat records were set Saturday. The National Weather Service reported a high of 44.4 degrees in Los Angeles’ Woodland Hills area, breaking the record of 42.2 degrees set in 1977, and a high of 33.3 at the University of California at Los Angeles. Downtown Los Angeles hit 36.7 degrees, tying a record set in 1994.