The hottest temperature in recent records has been reached at Death Valley, California, USA.
An extreme high of 54.4°C was recorded on Sunday.
“This observed high temperature is considered preliminary and not yet official,” a statement from the National Weather Service said.
“If verified, this will be the hottest temperature officially verified since July of 1913, also at Death Valley.”
Death Valley’s all-time record high was recorded on 10 July 2013, when it reached 56.7°C! That reading still stands as the hottest ever recorded on the planet’s surface.