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.
Today's Contiguous U.S. Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Palm Springs, CA KPSP 107 °F
Thermal, CA KTRM 107 °F
Needles, CA KEED 106 °F
El Centro, CA KNJK 105 °F
Imperial, CA KIPL 104 °F
Blythe, CA KBLH 104 °F
Phoenix, AZ KPHX 104 °F
Boulder City, NV KBVU 102 °F
Mesa, AZ KFFZ 102 °F
Chandler, AZ KCHD 102 °F
City Station ID Temp.
Leadville, CO KLXV 32 °F
Langdon, ND KD55 35 °F
Walden-Jackson Cnty AP, Wa, CO K33V 35 °F
Kremmling, CO K20V 35 °F
Buena Vista, CO KAEJ 36 °F
Rolla, ND K06D 37 °F
Harvey, ND K5H4 37 °F
Cando, ND K9D7 39 °F
Carrington Municipal Airpo, ND K46D 39 °F
Martha's Vineyard, MA KMVY 39 °F
City Station ID Wind Gust
New Orleans Lakefront, LA KNEW 61 mph
Paducah, KY KPAH 53 mph
Boomvang, TX KVAF 51 mph
East Cameron 278, LA KEHC 51 mph
Pine Belt, MS KPIB 47 mph
Slidell, LA KASD 45 mph
Dubois Muni, Dubois, WY, WY KDUB 44 mph
West Cameron, TX KCRH 43 mph
Mustang Island A85A, TX KMZG 43 mph
Ogden Hill AFB, UT KHIF 41 mph
City Station ID Precip.
Lake Charles Regional, LA KLCH 7.60 in
Paducah, KY KPAH 4.47 in
New Orleans Lakefront, LA KNEW 3.37 in
Corpus Christi, TX KCRP 3.21 in
Sulphur, LA KUXL 2.97 in
Beaumont, TX KBPT 2.86 in
Chipley, FL KVSH 2.84 in
Monroe, LA KMLU 2.74 in
Alexandria, LA KAEX 2.53 in
Washington, NC KOCW 2.35 in
City Station ID Heat Index
Tampa Macdill AFB, FL KMCF 111 °F
Immokalee Regional Airport, FL KIMM 119 °F
Tampa Macdill AFB, FL KMCF 111 °F
Quincy Muni, Quincy, FL, FL K2J9 109 °F
Pensacola NAS, FL KNPA 107 °F
Mobile Downtown, AL KBFM 107 °F
Andalusia, AL K79J 106 °F
Destin, FL KDTS 106 °F
Punta Gorda, FL KPGD 105 °F
Panama City Tyndall AFB, FL KPAM 105 °F
  • Verified at 03:28 pm ET on August 30, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Wind Chill
Tanana, AK PATA 18 °F
Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr, AK PATQ 20 °F
Marshall D Hunter AP, Mars, AK PADM 20 °F
Bettles, AK PABT 22 °F
Barrow, AK PABR 22 °F
Kaltag, AK PAKV 23 °F
Deadhorse, AK PASC 23 °F
St. Marys, AK PASM 23 °F
Anaktuvuk Pass, AK PAKP 23 °F
Wainwright, AK PAWI 24 °F
  • Verified at 03:28 pm ET on August 30, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
Today's World Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia OEPA 119 °F
Nasiriya, Iraq 40676 119 °F
Kut-Al-Hai, Iraq 40665 117 °F
Badrah, Iraq 40662 117 °F
Al-Khalis, Iraq 40638 117 °F
Semawa, Iraq 40674 116 °F
Hafr Al-Batin, Saudi Arabia OEKK 116 °F
Mitribah, Kuwait 40551 116 °F
Azizyah, Iraq 40660 116 °F
Rafaei, Iraq 40675 115 °F
  • Verified at 03:28 pm ET on August 30, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Temp.
University of Wisconsin I, Antarctica 89734 -91 °F
Dome A, Antarctica 89577 -83 °F
Concordia, Antarctica 89625 -76 °F
Ago-4, Antarctica 89598 -70 °F
Univ. Wi Id 8918, Antarctica 89744 -65 °F
Dome Plateau Eagle, Antarctica 89578 -56 °F
Puerto Angel, Mexico 76856 -56 °F
Kohnen Ep9, Antarctica 89507 -55 °F
Baldrick Aws, Antarctica 89013 -51 °F
Priestley Glacier, Antarctica 89659 -50 °F
  • Verified at 03:28 pm ET on August 30, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.