In 1913 a temperature of 56.7 degrees Celsius was recorded in California's infamous Death Valley.
The record had been held by El Azizia in Libya for 90 years until a new investigation by the World Meteorological Organisation determined that the reading was likely to have been bungled at the time by someone who had missed a thermometer. With this record nullified the title instead went to the second hottest recorded temperature in Death Valley.
"They presumably roped in an inexperienced person that day," said climate scientist David Parker. "If the observer had read the correct end of the pin and there had been grass or sand underneath the instrument instead of asphalt, the problem wouldn't have been so bad."
"For nearly a century the Mediterranean city of El Azizia in northern Libya has held the official title for having been the hottest place on Earth ever recorded."
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Source: Guardian Unlimited
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