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Death Valley, Calif., could soon see its hottest temperature to date.
The 3,000-square-mile area in the northern Mojave Desert recorded its second-highest temperature July 12 at 128 degrees Fahrenheit, in a peak following a string of four days that saw heat readings of 120 degrees, 124 degrees, 128 degrees and 124 degrees.
The temperature hit 129.2 degrees on June 30, 2013, but there is some dispute in the meteorological community about the “real” hottest temperature recorded on the planet.
Official records show the marker came in 1913 when the temperature hit 134 degrees, ABC7 pointed out. A 2016 analysis by weather historian Christopher Burt, however, argued that the 1913 record is “essentially not possible from a meteorological perspective.”
It said the reading was likely a mistake.
While Death Valley knocks on the door of a heat record, other U.S. states are registering new highs, too. Borger, Texas, recently set a one all-time record set of 116 degrees. Springs, California, hit a daily record of 121 degrees. And Tucson, Arizona hit 113 degrees.