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.
Death Valley, CA NONE 123 °F
Death Valley, CA DEVC1 123 °F
Bullhead City, AZ BULA3 118 °F
Needles, CA KEED 111 °F
Yuma MCAS, AZ KNYL 110 °F
Imperial, CA KIPL 109 °F
Phoenix, AZ KPHX 109 °F
China Lake, CA KNID 109 °F
El Centro, CA KNJK 109 °F
Bullhead City, AZ KIFP 109 °F
City Station ID Temp.
Stanley, ID NONE 25 °F
Stanley, ID KSNT 25 °F
Yellowstone, WY KP60 28 °F
West Yellowstone, MT KWYS 30 °F
Jackson, WY KJAC 33 °F
St. James, MN KJYG 33 °F
Meacham, OR KMEH 35 °F
Driggs, ID KDIJ 36 °F
Butte, MT KBTM 36 °F
McCall, ID KMYL 37 °F
City Station ID Wind Gust
Robstown, TX KRBO 56 mph
Robstown, TX KRBO 56 mph
Rawlins, WY KRWL 53 mph
Gila Bend AF Aux AP, Gila, AZ KGXF 52 mph
Mt. Washington, NH KMWN 50 mph
Harlan, IA KHNR 50 mph
Wichita Falls, TX KSPS 48 mph
Blair, NE KBTA 47 mph
Daytona Beach, FL KDAB 47 mph
Chandler, AZ KCHD 46 mph
City Station ID Precip.
Hilton Head Island, SC KHXD 4.45 in
Fairfield, IA KFFL 3.16 in
Ottumwa, IA KOTM 1.86 in
Oskaloosa, IA KOOA 1.74 in
Robstown, TX KRBO 1.71 in
Beaufort MCAS, SC KNBC 1.66 in
Grinnell, IA KGGI 1.53 in
Clarion, IA KCAV 1.49 in
Bogalusa, LA KBXA 1.48 in
Andalusia, AL K79J 1.41 in
City Station ID Heat Index
Valdosta, GA KVAD 114 °F
Valdosta, GA KVAD 114 °F
Imperial, CA KIPL 113 °F
El Centro, CA KNJK 113 °F
Blythe, CA KBLH 112 °F
Yuma MCAS, AZ KNYL 112 °F
Phoenix, AZ KPHX 111 °F
Manhattan, KS KMHK 111 °F
Omaha Offutt, NE KOFF 111 °F
Glendale Luke AFB, AZ KLUF 110 °F
  • Verified at 09:42 pm ET on July 25, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Wind Chill
Barrow, AK PABR 21 °F
Stanley, ID KSNT 22 °F
Barter Island, AK PABA 23 °F
Deadhorse Alpine Airstrip, AK PALP 23 °F
Kuparuk, AK PAKU 23 °F
Yellowstone, WY KP60 25 °F
White Mountain, AK PAWM 26 °F
Nuiqsut, AK PAQT 26 °F
Wainwright, AK PAWI 27 °F
Kivalina, AK PAVL 27 °F
  • Verified at 09:42 pm ET on July 25, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
Yesterday's World Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Hassi-Messaoud, Algeria DAUH 120 °F
Hassi-Messaoud, Algeria DAUH 120 °F
Ouargla, Algeria DAUU 120 °F
Touggourt, Algeria DAUK 119 °F
Omidieh, Iran OIAG 119 °F
Mitribah, Kuwait 40551 118 °F
Ahwaz, Iran OIAW 118 °F
In Salah, Algeria 60630 118 °F
Timimoun, Algeria DAUT 117 °F
El Oued, Algeria DAUO 117 °F
  • Verified at 09:42 pm ET on July 25, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Temp.
Dome A, Antarctica 89577 -107 °F
Dome A, Antarctica 89577 -107 °F
Ago-4, Antarctica 89598 -101 °F
Amundsen-Scott, Antarctica NZSP -101 °F
University of Wisconsin I, Antarctica 89734 -95 °F
Concordia, Antarctica 89625 -89 °F
Kohnen Ep9, Antarctica 89507 -85 °F
Univ. Wi Id 8918, Antarctica 89744 -84 °F
Baldrick Aws, Antarctica 89013 -66 °F
Priestley Glacier, Antarctica 89659 -61 °F
  • Verified at 09:42 pm ET on July 25, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.