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.
Yesterday's Contiguous U.S. Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Death Valley, CA NONE 116 °F
Death Valley, CA DEVC1 116 °F
Bullhead City, AZ BULA3 110 °F
Yuma MCAS, AZ KNYL 110 °F
Needles, CA KEED 109 °F
Imperial, CA KIPL 108 °F
Phoenix, AZ KPHX 108 °F
Mesa, AZ KFFZ 107 °F
Blythe, CA KBLH 107 °F
Bullhead City, AZ KIFP 107 °F
City Station ID Temp.
Stanley, ID KSNT 27 °F
Stanley, ID KSNT 27 °F
Pinedale, WY KPNA 30 °F
Big Piney, WY KBPI 32 °F
Afton Municipal Airport, WY KAFO 33 °F
Kremmling, CO K20V 33 °F
Walden-Jackson Cnty AP, Wa, CO K33V 35 °F
Jackson, WY KJAC 35 °F
Monarch Pass, CO KMYP 35 °F
Dubois Muni, Dubois, WY, WY KDUB 35 °F
City Station ID Wind Gust
Monarch Pass, CO KMYP 60 mph
Parsons, KS KPPF 53 mph
Wichita Jabara, KS KAAO 52 mph
Lacon, IL KC75 51 mph
Mt. Washington, NH KMWN 47 mph
Springfield, MO KSGF 47 mph
Chadron, NE KCDR 47 mph
Thedford, NE KTIF 46 mph
Copper Mountain, CO KCCU 46 mph
Unalakleet, AK PAUN 46 mph
City Station ID Precip.
Boonville, MO KVER 2.28 in
Emporia, KS KEMP 2.20 in
Newton, KS KEWK 1.76 in
Columbia, MO KCOU 1.74 in
Indian Mountain, AK PAIM 1.65 in
Detroit, MI KDET 1.51 in
Whiteman AFB, MO KSZL 1.48 in
Boonville, MO KVER 1.47 in
Ambler, AK PAFM 1.40 in
Ottumwa, IA KOTM 1.34 in
City Station ID Heat Index
Harlingen, TX KHRL 109 °F
Tampa Macdill AFB, FL KMCF 110 °F
Harlingen, TX KHRL 109 °F
Kingsville NAS, TX KNQI 109 °F
Victoria, TX KVCT 108 °F
Goldsboro, NC KGSB 108 °F
Newport News, VA KPHF 108 °F
Ardmore, OK KADM 107 °F
Alice, TX KALI 107 °F
Frederick, OK KFDR 107 °F
  • Verified at 09:34 pm ET on September 01, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Wind Chill
Eagle, AK PAEG 23 °F
Nabesna, AK PABN 23 °F
Barrow, AK PABR 23 °F
Stanley, ID KSNT 24 °F
Gulkana, AK PAGK 24 °F
Big Delta, AK PABI 25 °F
Kuparuk, AK PAKU 25 °F
Deadhorse, AK PASC 26 °F
Nuiqsut, AK PAQT 27 °F
Deadhorse Alpine Airstrip, AK PALP 27 °F
  • Verified at 09:34 pm ET on September 01, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
Yesterday's World Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Sabriyah, Kuwait 40553 116 °F
Omidieh, Iran OIAG 116 °F
Abadan, Iran OIAA 116 °F
Jahra, Kuwait 40586 115 °F
Basrah, Iraq ORMM 115 °F
Najaf, Iraq 40670 115 °F
Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia OEAH 115 °F
Mitribah, Kuwait 40551 115 °F
Amarah, Iraq 40680 115 °F
Masjed-Soleyman, Iran OIAI 114 °F
  • Verified at 09:34 pm ET on September 01, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Temp.
Dome A, Antarctica 89577 -91 °F
Concordia, Antarctica 89625 -89 °F
University of Wisconsin I, Antarctica 89734 -88 °F
Ago-4, Antarctica 89598 -83 °F
Amundsen-Scott, Antarctica NZSP -83 °F
Univ. Wi Id 8918, Antarctica 89744 -71 °F
Baldrick Aws, Antarctica 89013 -68 °F
Kohnen Ep9, Antarctica 89507 -62 °F
Dome Plateau Eagle, Antarctica 89578 -56 °F
Priestley Glacier, Antarctica 89659 -48 °F
  • Verified at 09:34 pm ET on September 01, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.