Hottest temperature recorded on Earth for 107 years as record heatwave swelters

The record for the hottest temperature on Earth may have been broken as mercury reached 54.4C on Sunday.

In California's Death Valley, temperatures soared and according to the National Weather Service, it could have been the hottest level ever reached.

At 3.41pm Pacific time, the temperature allegedly reached 130F, reports Mail Online.

However, it is yet to be verified – if confirmed it would break the previous August record by three degrees, according to a tweet by the Weather Service.

"Everything I've seen so far indicates that is a legitimate observation," said Randy Cerveny, who leads the World Meteorological Organisation's weather and climate extremes team.

He also wrote: "I am recommending that the World Meteorological Organisation preliminarily accept the observation.

"In the upcoming weeks, we will, of course, be examining it in detail, along with the U.S. National Climate Extremes Committee, using one of our international evaluation teams.," in an email seen by The Washington Post.

Currently, Death Valley holds the world record for the hottest temperature on Earth at 134 degrees Fahrenheit on July 10, 1918.

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However, experts say this was not accurate.

The most reliable temperature recorded to break the world record according to many is 129F (53.8C), in Death Valley on June 30, 2013, and in Kuwait, 2016 and Pakistan, 2017.

In the UK, the hottest day on record was 38.5C back in 2003, but Dr Ilan Kelman, Professor of Disasters and Health at University College London, says summer highs could get much higher.

"This is up to us," he told Daily Star Online.

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"If we do nothing, then outdoor temperatures exceeding 40C will become common each year.

"On current trends, which we can change if we choose, we are looking at UK maximum temperatures rising perhaps half a degree Celsius per decade.

"As a rough guide, it means that maximum heatwave temperatures in the UK would be pushing 40C in 20 years, above that level in 50 years, and the mid-40s in 100 years."

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