Daily Digit: Death Valley just had the hottest month ever recorded on Earth

Sam Matthews

Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make our world work. Today we’re looking at the hottest month ever recorded on Earth. In July, the average temperature in Death Valley, which extends into California and Nevada, was 107.94 degrees, with daily highs reaching 127 degrees — hot enough to cause a fatality after just a few minutes. As Death Valley enters another scorching month, Scandinavia, Japan and North Africa are also experiencing record heat waves. Is anyone else suddenly thirsty?