Heat and Cold


How hot can it get on the Earth’s surface?

Temperature records used by meteorologists and reported in weather broadcasts refer to air temperature. The surface of the Earth, however, can get much hotter than the record 120s and 130s°F (high 40s to high 50s°C) that are usually considered the extreme. Soil temperatures can actually rise about 180°F (82°C), and the surface temperature in Death Valley has been measured at a hellish 200°F (93°C)


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