If you search for a list of the hottest places on Earth, Death Valley, California—notorious for its dry, scorching heat—will likely be found right at the top. And with good reason: Yesterday, temperatures in the region soared to 54.4°C, The Washington Post reports. If confirmed by a formal review, the reading will be the highest temperature measured there since 1931. It will also be the third hottest day recorded on Earth since 1873, following a 55°C measurement from Tunisia set in 1931 and the all-time record of 56.7°C set by Death Valley itself in 1913. Scientists predict that heat waves will only become more severe, last longer, and occur more frequently as the effects of climate change continue to intensify.
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