The hottest temperature on Earth ever recorded may have been reached on Sunday afternoon, as the mercury in California‘s Death Valley hit 130 degrees.
The temperature was reached at 3:41pm. Pacific time on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
If verified, the reading would break Death Valley’s previous August record by three degrees, the Weather Service tweeted.
‘Everything I’ve seen so far indicates that is a legitimate observation,’ said Randy Cerveny, who leads the World Meteorological Organization’s weather and climate extremes team.