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The heat is on

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - How hot is hot? With the heat wave that moved through the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, straining the air-conditioning, our purse strings, and our nerves - this summer is already bringing the heat.

The temperatures recorded in Florence over the weekend exceeded the record highs set back in the 1950s, with temperatures of 105 degrees on Friday and Saturday.

But those triple digit temperatures that have all of us glistening really pale in comparison to other hot spots around the globe.

In 2005, extremescience.com reports the temperature in Libya was recorded at 70.7 degrees Celsius. That's over 159 degrees Fahrenheit, literally hot enough to fry an egg.

For those of you who thought Death Valley was the hottest place on Earth, the second highest recorded temperature goes to the California desert destination with a temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit recorded in 1913.

One scary heat statistic - Spearfish, South Dakota holds the record for the fastest heat rise with an increase of 49 degrees Fahrenheit in just two minutes.

Another scorching record, Marble Bar in Western Australia spent 160 days over 100 degrees between October 1923 and April 1924.

If these temperatures are going straight to the brain and you're considering a vacation to cool destination, here are some places that might help cool you down:

Northern Ireland's record high temperature comes in at a comfortable 87 degrees. 

The record high in Cape Hatteras, NC in 1990 was 93 degrees, but the average temperature in July is 78 degrees.

The record high for San Diego, California was recorded at 111 degrees in 1963, but the tourist town boasts an average monthly temperature of 72 degrees.

Got a favorite cool down destination you like to go for vacation, or somewhere in town you retreat to when the sun gets too hot? Log on to our Facebook page and let us know.

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