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

Warmest Summer on Record for some U.S. Northwest Cities
By: Christopher C. Burt
Published: 2 septembre 2014
While much, if not most, of the contiguous U.S. had a cooler than normal summer, the Pacific Northwest endured one of its hottest such on record. Here are a few details.
First 100°F Temperature on Record in the Baltics
By: Christopher C. Burt
Published: 5 août 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.
Today's Contiguous U.S. Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Bullhead City, AZ BULA3 111 ° F
Blythe, CA BLH 110 ° F
Blythe, CA KBLH 109 ° F
Gila Bend AF Aux AP, Gila, AZ KGXF 109 ° F
Yuma MCAS, AZ KNYL 109 ° F
Needles, CA KEED 109 ° F
Phoenix, AZ KPHX 109 ° F
Thermal, CA KTRM 108 ° F
Palm Springs, CA KPSP 108 ° F
El Centro, CA KNJK 108 ° F
City Station ID Temp.
Stanley, ID KSNT 26 ° F
Yellowstone, WY KP60 28 ° F
Pinedale, WY KPNA 30 ° F
Big Piney, WY KBPI 31 ° F
West Yellowstone, MT KWYS 32 ° F
Walden-Jackson Cnty AP, Wa, CO K33V 32 ° F
Jackson, WY KJAC 32 ° F
Kremmling, CO K20V 32 ° F
Columbus, NE KOLU 33 ° F
Afton Municipal Airport, WY KAFO 33 ° F
City Station ID Wind Gust
Cape Lisburne, AK PALU 54 mph
Cape Lisburne, AK PALU 54 mph
Amarillo, TX KAMA 51 mph
Hagerstown, MD KHGR 51 mph
Sylvania, GA KJYL 50 mph
Monarch Pass, CO KMYP 50 mph
Philadelphia, PA KPHL 46 mph
Binghamton, NY KBGM 45 mph
Copper Mountain, CO KCCU 45 mph
Hobart, OK KHBR 45 mph
City Station ID Precip.
Coffeyville, KS KCFV 3.01 in
Coffeyville, KS KCFV 3.01 in
Robinson, IL KRSV 2.84 in
Cushing, OK KCUH 2.83 in
Oxford, MS KUOX 2.81 in
Bartlesville, OK KBVO 2.70 in
Tahlequah, OK KTQH 2.69 in
Bloomington, IN KBMG 2.55 in
NW Arkansas Airport, AR KXNA 2.43 in
Newberry, SC KEOE 2.04 in
City Station ID Heat Index
Kingsville NAS, TX KNQI 109 ° F
Piney Island, NC KNBT 108 ° F
Victoria, TX KVCT 108 ° F
New Bern, NC KEWN 108 ° F
Tampa Macdill AFB, FL KMCF 107 ° F
ORANGE GROVE, NALF, TX KNOG 107 ° F
Goldsboro, NC KGSB 107 ° F
Newport News, VA KPHF 107 ° F
Cherry Point, NC KNKT 106 ° F
Fayetteville, NC KFAY 106 ° F
  • Verified at 09:37 pm ET on September 02, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Wind Chill
Kuparuk, AK PAKU 18 ° F
Red Dog Mine, AK PADG 19 ° F
Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr, AK PATQ 19 ° F
Deadhorse Alpine Airstrip, AK PALP 20 ° F
Nuiqsut, AK PAQT 22 ° F
Indian Mountain, AK PAIM 23 ° F
Shungnak AP, Shungnak, AK, AK PAGH 24 ° F
Barter Island, AK PABA 24 ° F
Stanley, ID KSNT 24 ° F
Deadhorse, AK PASC 25 ° F
  • Verified at 09:37 pm ET on September 02, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
Today's World Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Kut-Al-Hai, Iraq 40665 117 ° F
Amarah, Iraq 40680 117 ° F
Abadan, Iran OIAA 117 ° F
Omidieh, Iran OIAG 117 ° F
Badrah, Iraq 40662 117 ° F
Mitribah, Kuwait 40551 116 ° F
Ahwaz, Iran OIAW 116 ° F
Jahra, Kuwait 40586 116 ° F
Nasiriya, Iraq 40676 116 ° F
Kanaqin, Iraq 40637 116 ° F
  • Verified at 09:37 pm ET on September 02, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Temp.
Amundsen-Scott, Antarctica NZSP -90 ° F
Concordia, Antarctica 89625 -83 ° F
Dome A, Antarctica 89577 -80 ° F
Ago-4, Antarctica 89598 -79 ° F
Kohnen Ep9, Antarctica 89507 -76 ° F
University of Wisconsin I, Antarctica 89734 -74 ° F
Univ. Wi Id 8918, Antarctica 89744 -73 ° F
Baldrick Aws, Antarctica 89013 -72 ° F
Puerto Angel, Mexico 76856 -67 ° F
Mid Point, Antarctica 89648 -65 ° F
  • Verified at 09:37 pm ET on September 02, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.