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'Like being in an oven': 54.4C reading could be the highest temperature ever recorded on the planet

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A sign warns of extreme heat in Death Valley National Park in California. Photo: Steve Marcus/Reuters

A sign warns of extreme heat in Death Valley National Park in California. Photo: Steve Marcus/Reuters

A sign warns of extreme heat in Death Valley National Park in California. Photo: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Temperatures in California's Death Valley reached 54.4C on Sunday, possibly the highest ever reliably recorded on the planet.

The preliminary reading was noted by the US National Weather Service's automated weather station at Furnace Creek at 3.41pm.


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