In this paper we address the fundamental issue of temperature fluctuation during the thermal denaturation (or the unzipping of the two strands on heating) of double stranded (ds) DNA. From our experiments we observe the presence of extremely high thermal fluctuations during DNA denaturation. This thermal fluctuation is
several orders higher than the thermal fluctuation at temperatures away from the denaturation temperature range. This fluctuation is absent in single stranded (ss) DNA. The magnitude of fluctuation is much higher in heteropolymeric DNA and is almost absent in short homopolymeric DNA fragments. The temperature range over which the denaturation occurs (i.e., over which the thermal fluctuation is large) depends on the length of the DNA and is largest for the longest DNA.