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: 10 juin 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: 30 mai 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: 20 mai 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.
Today's Contiguous U.S. Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Death Valley, CA NONE 117 ° F
Phoenix, AZ KBMI 113 ° F
Death Valley, CA DEVC1 117 ° F
Needles, CA KEED 113 ° F
Phoenix, AZ KPHX 113 ° F
Yuma MCAS, AZ KNYL 113 ° F
Phoenix, AZ PHX 113 ° F
Buckeye, AZ KBXK 111 ° F
Glendale, AZ KGEU 111 ° F
Imperial, CA KIPL 111 ° F
City Station ID Temp.
Craig, CO NONE 35 ° F
Craig, CO KCAG 35 ° F
Walden-Jackson Cnty AP, Wa, CO K33V 37 ° F
Big Bear City, CA KL35 39 ° F
Yellowstone, WY KP60 39 ° F
West Yellowstone, MT KWYS 41 ° F
Kremmling, CO K20V 41 ° F
Gunnison, CO KGUC 41 ° F
Leadville, CO KLXV 42 ° F
Stanley, ID KSNT 42 ° F
City Station ID Wind Gust
Buffalo, SD K2WX 68 mph
Buffalo, SD K2WX 68 mph
Sterling Muni, Sterling, C, CO KSTK 58 mph
Baker, MT KBHK 55 mph
McGregor Range Base Camp,, NM KM63 54 mph
Nakika, MS KIKT 53 mph
El Paso, TX KELP 51 mph
Drone Runway, Panama City,, FL KTDR 51 mph
Houghton, MI KCMX 47 mph
Mobile, AL KMOB 46 mph
City Station ID Precip.
Boothville, LA KBVE 2.78 in
Marco Island Airport, FL KMKY 2.59 in
Washington, NC KOCW 2.26 in
Gainesville, FL KGNV 1.99 in
Fort Lauderdale, FL KFXE 1.81 in
Hurlburt Field, FL KHRT 1.67 in
Nasa Shuttle, FL KTTS 1.56 in
Fort Myers Airport, FL KRSW 1.56 in
International Falls, MN KINL 1.54 in
Cherry Point, NC KNKT 1.53 in
City Station ID Heat Index
Kingsville NAS, TX KNQI 116 ° F
Kingsville NAS, TX KNQI 115 ° F
Chillicothe, MO KCDJ 113 ° F
Falls City, NE KFNB 113 ° F
Kansas City International, MO KMCI 111 ° F
St. Joseph, MO KSTJ 111 ° F
Alice, TX KALI 109 ° F
Lee's Summit, MO KLXT 109 ° F
ORANGE GROVE, NALF, TX KNOG 109 ° F
Lawrence, KS KLWC 109 ° F
  • Verified at 09:40 pm ET on July 22, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Wind Chill
Tin City, AK PATC 25 ° F
Kivalina, AK PAVL 27 ° F
Red Dog Mine, AK PADG 27 ° F
Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr, AK PATQ 27 ° F
Point Lay, AK PPIZ 28 ° F
Wainwright, AK PAWI 28 ° F
Wales, AK PAIW 28 ° F
Brevig Mission Airport, AK PFKT 29 ° F
Cape Lisburne, AK PALU 30 ° F
Kuparuk, AK PAKU 31 ° F
  • Verified at 09:40 pm ET on July 22, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
Today's World Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Zabol, Iran OIZB 119 ° F
Reggane Airport, Algeria 60645 117 ° F
In Salah, Algeria 60630 117 ° F
Tabas, Iran OIMT 117 ° F
Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia OEAH 115 ° F
Sunaynah, Oman 41250 115 ° F
Bandar-E-Dayyer, Iran 40872 115 ° F
Beni Abbes, Algeria 60602 115 ° F
Hafr Al-Batin, Saudi Arabia OEKK 115 ° F
Nokkundi, Pakistan 41710 115 ° F
  • Verified at 09:40 pm ET on July 22, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Temp.
Dome Fuji, Antarctica 89734 -100 ° F
Kohnen Ep9, Antarctica 89507 -95 ° F
Univ. Wi Id 8918, Antarctica 89744 -88 ° F
Ago-4, Antarctica 89598 -79 ° F
Concordia, Antarctica 89625 -78 ° F
Dome A, Antarctica 89577 -78 ° F
Amundsen-Scott, Antarctica NZSP -73 ° F
Baldrick Aws, Antarctica 89013 -66 ° F
Dome Plateau Eagle, Antarctica 89578 -55 ° F
US Navy Automated 89324 (, Antarctica 89324 -49 ° F
  • Verified at 09:40 pm ET on July 22, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.