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09/13/2012 11:41 am ET

90 Years Later, Death Valley Sets World Temp Record

The searing heat waves that blanketed the nation earlier this summer sent temperatures soaring well above 110°F in parts of the U.S., but that’s nowhere close to the hottest temperature on record — an almost unimaginable 136.4° F, taken on September 13, 1922, in the Sahara Desert at El Azizia, Libya. That’s what the Guinness Book of World Records says, and if you don’t trust a source that feels the need to document the world’s fastest toilet or the world’s largest collection of traffic cones, it’s what the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says as well.

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