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

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.
Extreme Heat, Floods Strike Eastern Europe
By: Christopher C. Burt
Published: May 20, 2014
As Jeff Masters posted in a blog Monday the worst flooding in a century has occurred in Bosnia and Serbia this past week. At the same time, a record May heat wave has affected Estonia, Finland, Belarus, and northwestern Russia. Here are some details.
Yesterday's Contiguous U.S. Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Glendale, AZ NONE 111 °F
Glendale, AZ KGEU 111 °F
Coalinga, CA CNGC1 109 °F
Yuma MCAS, AZ KNYL 108 °F
Thermal, CA KTRM 108 °F
Bullhead City, AZ KIFP 107 °F
Phoenix, AZ KPHX 107 °F
Needles, CA KEED 107 °F
Imperial, CA KIPL 107 °F
El Centro, CA KNJK 107 °F
City Station ID Temp.
Yellowstone, WY KP60 38 °F
Yellowstone, WY KP60 38 °F
West Yellowstone, MT KWYS 39 °F
Walden-Jackson Cnty AP, Wa, CO K33V 41 °F
Glen Ullin Rgnl, Glen Ulli, ND KD57 41 °F
Craig, CO KCAG 41 °F
Black River Falls, WI KBCK 42 °F
Pinedale, WY KPNA 42 °F
Hazen, ND KHZE 42 °F
Jackson, WY KJAC 42 °F
City Station ID Wind Gust
Cherry Point, NC KNKT 64 mph
Dothan, AL KDHN 63 mph
Ft. Stewart, GA KLHW 59 mph
Mt. Washington, NH KMWN 58 mph
Windsor Locks, CT KBDL 56 mph
Marianna, FL KMAI 50 mph
Dubois Muni, Dubois, WY, WY KDUB 45 mph
Lawrence, MA KLWM 44 mph
Bullhead City, AZ KIFP 44 mph
Sterling Muni, Sterling, C, CO KSTK 43 mph
City Station ID Precip.
Penn Yan, NY KPEO 3.12 in
Pittsfield, MA KPSF 2.41 in
Springfield, VT KVSF 2.33 in
Athens, TX KF44 2.27 in
Fryeburg, ME KIZG 2.18 in
Syracuse, NY KSYR 2.16 in
Penn Yan, NY KPEO 2.08 in
Canadian, TX KHHF 2.07 in
Dothan, AL KDHN 1.98 in
Plymouth, NH K1P1 1.93 in
City Station ID Heat Index
Kingsville NAS, TX KNQI 114 °F
Kingsville NAS, TX KNQI 114 °F
Grand Isle, LA KAXO 114 °F
Jesup, GA KJES 112 °F
Tallahassee, FL KTLH 112 °F
Biloxi, MS KBIX 111 °F
Glendale, AZ KGEU 111 °F
Hilton Head Island, SC KHXD 110 °F
Crestview, FL KEGI 110 °F
Ellington Field, TX KEFD 110 °F
  • Verified at 09:41 pm ET on July 28, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Wind Chill
Wainwright, AK PAWI 26 °F
Deadhorse, AK PASC 31 °F
Deadhorse Alpine Airstrip, AK PALP 31 °F
Kuparuk, AK PAKU 31 °F
Cape Lisburne, AK PALU 33 °F
Arctic Village, AK PARC 36 °F
Mt. Washington, NH KMWN 37 °F
Yellowstone, WY KP60 37 °F
Kivalina, AK PAVL 38 °F
Big Delta, AK PABI 38 °F
  • Verified at 09:41 pm ET on July 28, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
Yesterday's World Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
In Salah, Algeria 60630 120 °F
Reggane Airport, Algeria 60645 119 °F
Rhourd Nouss, Algeria 60603 118 °F
Tabas, Iran OIMT 118 °F
Dal Bandin, Pakistan 41712 118 °F
Timimoun, Algeria DAUT 118 °F
Nokkundi, Pakistan 41710 117 °F
In Guezzam, Algeria 60621 117 °F
Zabol, Iran OIZB 117 °F
Omidieh, Iran OIAG 115 °F
  • Verified at 09:41 pm ET on July 28, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Temp.
Amundsen-Scott, Antarctica NZSP -98 °F
University of Wisconsin I, Antarctica 89734 -90 °F
Ago-4, Antarctica 89598 -84 °F
Dome A, Antarctica 89577 -82 °F
Kohnen Ep9, Antarctica 89507 -80 °F
Concordia, Antarctica 89625 -73 °F
Univ. Wi Id 8918, Antarctica 89744 -72 °F
Baldrick Aws, Antarctica 89013 -57 °F
US Navy Automated 89324 (, Antarctica 89324 -56 °F
Harry, Antarctica 89329 -55 °F
  • Verified at 09:41 pm ET on July 28, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.