Dead Heat: Overturning the World's Hottest Temperature

Dead Heat: Overturning the World's Hottest Temperature

Dead Heat Blog History

The Long Hot Road to Al Azizia
By: Christopher C. Burt
Published: September 13, 2012
With the official WMO announcement that the World's hottest temperature of 136.4° measured in Al Azizia, Libya is invalid, weather historian Christopher C. Burt recounts the investigation and evidence it took to overturn the record.
Update on World Heat Record (58°C/136.48F) at Al Azizia, Libya, Sept. 13, 1922
By: Christopher C. Burt
Published: November 16, 2010
I raised questions concerning the hottest officially measured temperature in the world: the 58°C (136.4°F) reading from Al Azizia, Libya on September 13, 1922. Since that post, new information has come to my attention.
Hottest air temperatures reported on Earth
By: Christopher C. Burt
Published: October 22, 2010
If, in fact, this record is not valid, then what might be the absolute maximum temperature measured on earth? There are just a handful of regions in the world that have the potential of recording temperatures of 130° or more.
A challenge to the validity of the world temperature record
By: Christopher C. Burt
Published: October 8, 2010
One of the "sacred cows" of world weather extremes has been the widely reported "hottest temperature ever recorded on earth", a reading of 58°C (136.4°F) reported from Al Azizia, Libya on Sept. 13, 1922.

Extreme Weather Blogs

First 100°F Temperature on Record in the Baltics
By: Christopher C. Burt
Published: August 5, 2014
The 37.8°C (100.0°F) temperature observed at Ventspils, Latvia on August 4th was the first time on record that a reading of 100°F has been measured in any of the Baltic nations (Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania). The heat wave has also affected Poland, Belarus, and Sweden where a massive forest fire, said to be the worst in the nation's modern history, rages out of control.
Early Summer Heat Broils Northern Hemisphere
By: Christopher C. Burt
Published: June 10, 2014
While the summer has started off relatively cool for the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. many other locations in the world have been broiling the past several weeks. Record or near-record heat has been observed in portions of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, India, Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, Libya, Chad, and Mexico. Here’s a brief summary of the highlights.
Record May Heat Wave in Northeast China, Koreas
By: Christopher C. Burt
Published: May 30, 2014
The unprecedented early summer heat wave that affected northeastern China, Mongolia, and the Koreas on May 26-31 has shifted eastward to center over Japan since June 1st and has brought all-time record heat to the northern island of Hokkaido. On June 3rd a reading of 37.8°C (100.0°F) was recorded at Komaba tying Hokkaido’s all-time heat record (for any month) also set at Obihiro on July 12, 1924. At least four heat-related fatalities have been reported and 1,600 hospitalizations due to heat exhaustion.
Yesterday's Contiguous U.S. Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Death Valley, CA NONE 112 °F
Death Valley, CA DEVC1 112 °F
Falfurrias, TX K2J9 107 °F
Laredo, TX KLRD 106 °F
Falfurrias, TX KBKS 106 °F
Frederick, OK KFDR 105 °F
Alva, OK KAVK 104 °F
Vernon, TX KF05 104 °F
Lawton, OK KLAW 104 °F
Faith Ranch AP, Carrizo Sp, TX KFTN 104 °F
City Station ID Temp.
Truckee, CA KTRK 34 °F
Truckee-Tahoe, CA KTRK 33 °F
Lakeview, OR KLKV 36 °F
Stanley, ID KSNT 36 °F
Meacham, OR KMEH 37 °F
Bigfork, MN KFOZ 37 °F
Monarch Pass, CO KMYP 39 °F
Klamath Falls, OR KLMT 40 °F
McCall, ID KMYL 41 °F
Redmond, OR KRDM 41 °F
City Station ID Wind Gust
Garden City, KS KGCK 61 mph
Burlington, WA KBVS 93 mph
Garden City, KS KGCK 61 mph
La Junta, CO KLHX 60 mph
Wink, TX KINK 58 mph
Carlsbad, NM KCNM 56 mph
Deming, NM KDMN 53 mph
Drone Runway, Panama City,, FL KTDR 52 mph
Hereford, TX KHRX 51 mph
Raton, NM KRTN 48 mph
City Station ID Precip.
Huntington, WV KHTS 2.77 in
Huntington, WV KHTS 2.72 in
Watertown, NY KART 2.29 in
Lacon, IL KC75 2.28 in
Fort Wayne, IN KFWA 1.96 in
Trenton, NJ KTTN 1.95 in
McGuire AFB, NJ KWRI 1.90 in
Washington, NC KOCW 1.79 in
Chicago DuPage, IL KDPA 1.75 in
Beckley, WV KBKW 1.68 in
City Station ID Heat Index
Tampa Macdill AFB, FL KMCF 118 °F
Millington, TN KNQA 114 °F
Sarasota, FL KSRQ 113 °F
Crestview, FL KEGI 112 °F
Hilton Head Island, SC KHXD 112 °F
Newport, AR KM19 111 °F
Apalachicola, FL KAAF 111 °F
Titusville, FL KTIX 110 °F
Jacksonville NAS, FL KNIP 110 °F
Kingsville NAS, TX KNQI 109 °F
  • Verified at 09:36 pm ET on August 22, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Wind Chill
Gulkana, AK PAGK 29 °F
Tanana, AK PATA 31 °F
Barrow, AK PABR 33 °F
Mt. Washington, NH KMWN 35 °F
Fairbanks, AK PAFA 35 °F
Truckee-Tahoe, CA KTRK 35 °F
Mountain Home, ID KMUO 36 °F
Stanley, ID KSNT 36 °F
Deering, AK PADE 36 °F
Klamath Falls, OR KLMT 37 °F
  • Verified at 09:36 pm ET on August 22, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
Yesterday's World Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Basrah, Iraq 40690 118 °F
Reggane Airport, Algeria 60645 117 °F
Jahra, Kuwait 40586 117 °F
Mitribah, Kuwait 40551 117 °F
Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia OEAH 117 °F
Kuwait, Kuwait OKBK 116 °F
Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia OEPA 116 °F
Basrah, Iraq ORMM 116 °F
Bubiyan, Kuwait 40568 116 °F
Abadan, Iran OIAA 116 °F
  • Verified at 09:36 pm ET on August 22, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Temp.
Concordia, Antarctica 89625 -109 °F
Dome A, Antarctica 89577 -105 °F
University of Wisconsin I, Antarctica 89734 -82 °F
Ago-4, Antarctica 89598 -82 °F
Priestley Glacier, Antarctica 89659 -63 °F
Univ. Wi Id 8918, Antarctica 89744 -62 °F
Baldrick Aws, Antarctica 89013 -58 °F
Dome Plateau Eagle, Antarctica 89578 -54 °F
Halley, Antarctica 89022 -34 °F
Marilyn (Byrd Glacier), Antarctica 89869 -32 °F
  • Verified at 09:36 pm ET on August 22, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.