Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the hottest air temperature on Earth ever recorded. On July 10th, 1913, Death Valley, California reached a high temperature of 134º! In 1913, Death Valley had a stretch of very hot weather from July 5th – 14th with high temperatures reaching above 125º each day! The hottest day was July 10th when the thermometer reached 134º at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, setting the record.
Because of its geography, lack of vegetation, and being below sea level, all of these factors contribute to Death Valley being one of the hottest places on the planet. Currently there has never been an accurate/reliable temperature reading to beat the 134º high of Death Valley. The record still stands, 100 years later.