According to a tweet from the National Weather Service, temperatures in Death Valley climbed to 130 degrees at 3:41 p.m.
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If the reading from the National Weather Service is verified, it could possibly be the hottest temperature recorded in the world in more than 100 years. It would also be the highest temperature ever seen there during the month of August.
Per the climate data in xmACIS2, this is the first time since 1913 that Death Valley has reached 130F. In July 2013, it last reached 129F. If valid, it would be the hottest August temperature at the site by 3F. @NWSVegas pic.twitter.com/gZNBW4NXI4— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) August 16, 2020
The official record comes from the Furnace Creek station in Death Valley, which measured 134 degrees in 1913. That area also recorded highs of 130 and 131 on consecutive days in July of 1913.
However, older records are widely considered questionable.
Since those readings were taken, Death Valley measured 129 degrees in July 2013.