Death Valley not actually hottest place on Earth as 80C desert takes top spot

California's Death Valley isn't actually the hottest place on Earth, contrary to what's been popular belief for years.

New data showed surface temperatures are actually higher in Iran's Lut Desert and the North American Sonoran Desert, which runs along the US-Mexico border and through states including Arizona.

Both locations can reach insane temperatures of up to 177.4°F (80.8°C), whilst the roasting heat of Death Valley can reach up to 134.1°F (56.7°C).

The researchers, from the University of California, Irvine, also found the heat in the Lut Desert is more consistent, LADbible reports.

Death Valley is still flaming hot and currently holds the world record for the highest air temperature of 134°F (57°C) at Furnace Creek on July 10 1913.

Summer heat reaches over 120°F (49°C) in the shade and lows overnight duck into the 90s°F (mid-30s°C), National Park Service data shows.

In the Lut Desert, black rock areas and its mountains are to thank for its even deadlier temperatures because they help to trap heat in.

The eerie place has earned itself the nickname of the "Emptiness Plain" as life struggles to exist in such conditions.

Findings of the new study – published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – are groundbreaking since former investigation into extreme heat looked mainly at atmospheric temperatures.

But the new findings came after 18 years of Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) land surface temperature (LST).

The authors wrote: "While the behavior of the atmosphere in response to more anthropogenic emissions is well studied, the response of the land surface under different emission pathways is not well understood.

"It is hoped the future research in this direction can shed light on not only how extremes have changed in the past but how they will likely affect our planet in the future."

Boffin Yunxia Zhao, the lead author of the project, says she doesn't know whether the roasting revelations are down to climate change.

Zhao and her fellow researchers also found the most temperatures changed in a single day was a whopping 81.8°C (179.2°F), from -23.7°C (-10.7°F) to 58.1°C (136.6°F) on 20 July 2006 in China's Qaidam Basin.

The coldest place was Antarctica, which secured the chilly top spot with lows of -110.9 °C (-199.6 °F) – 20 degrees lower than previous estimates.

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