) has announced recently that the record holder for the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet had been changed. A record dating back to 1922 in El Azizia, Libya was deemed invalid and thus the honor now falls on a temperature recorded in Death Valley, California in 1913.
So here's what happened...
On September 13, 1922 a temperature of 136.4°F (58°C) was recorded in El Azizia, approximately 25 miles south-southwest of Tripoli. In looking at data from the event and the circumstances around its measurement, the WMO has deemed the record not to be accurate.
Among the reasons for the change, the WMO cited five factors:
The WMO now credits the all-time highest temperature as having occurred at Furnace Creek (Greenland Ranch) in Death Valley, California. It was on July 10, 1913 that the mercury climbed to 134°F (56.7°C).
This really excited me because I recently visited Furnace Creek in May! The temp that day was close to 120°!