Death Valley, California, may have recorded one of the planet’s hottest air temperatures Sunday.
Sunday’s high topped out at 130 degrees near the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park, about 100 miles west-northwest of Las Vegas.
If that extreme temperature is verified, it would be only the fourth time on record they’ve reached at least 130 degrees, and the first time since the record heat wave of July 1913.
Given the rarity and extremity of this reading, a committee of meteorologists and climatologists will conduct a formal review of the data and automated observation system to see if this temperature record will be accepted, according to a National Weather Service statement issued Sunday evening.
Named by prospectors trying to cross the desolate valley during the California Gold Rush in the mid-19th century, Death Valley holds the world record for hottest recorded temperature, 134 degrees, set July 10, 1913. (Read more from “Death Valley Reaches One of the Highest Temperatures Ever Recorded on Earth” HERE)