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Africa's all-time hottest temperature was likely set Thursday

Map of temperature anomalies in Africa on July 6, 2018.
Map of temperature anomalies across parts of Africa, Europe and Asia on July 6, 2018. Credit: Climate Reanalyzer.

The Sahara Desert community of Ouargla, Algeria likely set a new record on Thursday for the hottest temperature in Africa: 124 degrees Fahrenheit (51 degrees Celsius).

Why it matters: Africa is already Earth's hottest continent, and as a series of heat waves shatter longstanding records around the world this summer, it's a reminder that one of the clearest effects of global climate change is more heat extremes.