The temperature in Death Valley in the United States reached 54.4℃, or the “highest temperature on earth” since the official record was made in 1931
Comprehensively reported by the Washington Post and BBC and other media, Death Valley in California, USA, recorded a temperature spike of 130 degrees Fahrenheit (about 54.4 degrees Celsius) at 3:41 pm Pacific time on August 16th. The record is being verified by the National Weather Service, and if confirmed, it will be the highest temperature on the earth officially recorded since 1931.
In 2018, a couple took pictures in front of the thermometer at the Melting Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park, California. (Image source:Associated Press)
Randy Cerveny, head of the World Meteorological Organization’s Weather and Climate Extreme Events Group, wrote in an email:”So far, Everything I have seen shows that this is a reasonable observation. I suggest that the World Meteorological Organization initially accept this observation. Of course, in the next few weeks, we will study it in detail with the National Committee on Extreme Climate.”
On July 10, 1913, Death Valley recorded the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth-134 degrees Fahrenheit (about 56.6 degrees Celsius). But modern meteorological experts believe that this record may be wrong. Extreme weather data expert Christopher Burt conducted an extensive analysis of the record in 2016 and concluded that”from a meteorological point of view, this is basically impossible.”
Some climatologists believe that the highest temperature reliably recorded on Earth is 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius), which was also recorded in Death Valley in 2013. If only these reliable records are considered, 130 degrees Fahrenheit on August 16 may become the highest measured value with a reliable record.
Death Valley (photo source:Getty Images)
It is reported that Death Valley is the lowest, driest and hottest place in the United States. Furnace Creek, where its temperature is measured, is located in the Mojave Desert in the southeastern part of California, 190 feet below sea level. In July 2018, its average temperature was 108.1 degrees Fahrenheit (42.2 degrees Celsius), the hottest month ever. In that month, 21 of them had a temperature of at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.9 degrees Celsius). Such high temperature records usually occur in July, because July is the hottest month in the northern hemisphere, which makes the record of 130 degrees Fahrenheit last Sunday stand out.
Scientists have found that due to climate change caused by human activities, the intensity, duration and frequency of heat waves are increasing globally. A study in 2019 found that the earth has entered a”new climate system” and global warming is increasing.
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