The highest temperature ever recorded was 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 Celsius) in Death Valley on July 10, 1913. Located in the US and stretching across parts of California and Nevada, Death Valley is one of the hottest desert areas in North America and has average temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). During the period of July 9 through July 13 in 1913, Death Valley’s temperatures were especially hot and reached at least 129 degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius) each day, with July 10 reaching the record-breaking 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 Celsius). Death Valley is prone to extreme heat because its lack of plant cover makes the desert surface unprotected from sunlight, and the heat becomes trapped due to the valley’s depth.
More about temperature:
- It was thought that El Azizia, Libya reached the highest temperature ever recorded in 1922 at 136 degrees Fahrenheit (58 Celsius), but those measurements have not been verified.
- The first experiments to measure temperature dates back to Greek scientist Galen in A.D. 170.
- The lowest temperature on official record is -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) in Antarctica in 1983.