California records the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth

The Mercury in Death Valley hit 54.4C (130F) on Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service Las Vegas said.  The preliminary reading, taken at Furnace Creek at 3.41pm, will be the hottest temperature officially recorded since 1913. But there are question marks about the validity of that reading, also taken at Death Valley – with many historical readings in some doubt, meaning it could be the hottest ever reliable recording. 

It comes amid a blistering heatwave on the USA’s West Coast, which has seen various records tumble, wildfires, power grids strained and residents battling to stay cool amid the ‘worst heat’ in 70 years.

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