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.
Palm Springs, CA KPSP 108 ° F
Needles, CA KEED 106 ° F
Bullhead City, AZ KIFP 104 ° F
Gila Bend AF Aux AP, Gila, AZ KGXF 104 ° F
El Centro, CA KNJK 102 ° F
Thermal, CA KTRM 102 ° F
Phoenix, AZ KPHX 102 ° F
Edinburg, TX KEBG 100 ° F
Buckeye, AZ KBXK 100 ° F
Goodyear, AZ KGYR 100 ° F
City Station ID Temp.
Pinedale, WY KPNA 35 ° F
West Yellowstone, MT KWYS 37 ° F
Afton Municipal Airport, WY KAFO 39 ° F
Big Piney, WY KBPI 39 ° F
Yellowstone, WY KP60 39 ° F
Mt. Washington, NH KMWN 41 ° F
Dubois Muni, Dubois, WY, WY KDUB 41 ° F
Monarch Pass, CO KMYP 41 ° F
Wilkerson Pass, CO K4BM 41 ° F
Saranac Lake, NY KSLK 42 ° F
City Station ID Wind Gust
Guadalupe Pass, TX KGDP 45 mph
Montpelier, VT KMPV 43 mph
Wales, AK PAIW 39 mph
Cape Lisburne, AK PALU 39 mph
Terrell, TX KTRL 37 mph
Mt. Washington, NH KMWN 36 mph
Burlington, VT KBTV 36 mph
Dunkirk, NY KDKK 33 mph
Beaufort MCAS, SC KNBC 33 mph
Saranac Lake, NY KSLK 32 mph
City Station ID Precip.
Paris, TX KPRX 3.61 in
Terrell, TX KTRL 2.80 in
Greenville Downtown, SC KGMU 2.55 in
Sherman-Denison, TX KGYI 2.35 in
Tyler, TX KTYR 2.26 in
Clarksville, TX KLBR 2.22 in
De Queen, AR KDEQ 2.08 in
Rockwall, TX KF46 1.96 in
McAlester, OK KMLC 1.70 in
Gilmer, TX KJXI 1.70 in
City Station ID Heat Index
Immokalee Regional Airport, FL KIMM 111 ° F
Kingsville NAS, TX KNQI 108 ° F
Ellington Field, TX KEFD 107 ° F
Yuma MCAS, AZ KNYL 107 ° F
Nasa Shuttle, FL KTTS 106 ° F
El Centro, CA KNJK 106 ° F
Bay City, TX KBYY 105 ° F
ORANGE GROVE, NALF, TX KNOG 105 ° F
Victoria, TX KVCT 104 ° F
Port Isabel, TX KPIL 104 ° F
  • Verified at 03:05 pm ET on July 31, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Wind Chill
Deadhorse, AK PASC 26 ° F
Kuparuk, AK PAKU 26 ° F
Barter Island, AK PABA 27 ° F
Nuiqsut, AK PAQT 28 ° F
Deadhorse Alpine Airstrip, AK PALP 29 ° F
Pinedale, WY KPNA 31 ° F
Mt. Washington, NH KMWN 32 ° F
Monarch Pass, CO KMYP 33 ° F
Eagle, AK PAEG 33 ° F
Dubois Muni, Dubois, WY, WY KDUB 34 ° F
  • Verified at 03:05 pm ET on July 31, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
Today's World Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
In Salah, Algeria 60630 121 ° F
In Salah, Algeria 60630 121 ° F
Abadan, Iran OIAA 118 ° F
Reggane Airport, Algeria 60645 118 ° F
Mitribah, Kuwait 40551 118 ° F
Timimoun, Algeria DAUT 118 ° F
Rhourd Nouss, Algeria 60603 118 ° F
Abdaly, Kuwait 40550 118 ° F
Basrah, Iraq ORMM 117 ° F
Jahra, Kuwait 40586 117 ° F
  • Verified at 03:05 pm ET on July 31, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.
City Station ID Temp.
Dome A, Antarctica 89577 -100 ° F
Amundsen-Scott, Antarctica NZSP -94 ° F
Ago-4, Antarctica 89598 -92 ° F
Concordia, Antarctica 89625 -86 ° F
Univ. Wi Id 8918, Antarctica 89744 -84 ° F
Lettau, Antarctica 89377 -67 ° F
Gill, Antarctica 89376 -64 ° F
Marilyn (Byrd Glacier), Antarctica 89869 -55 ° F
Dome Plateau Eagle, Antarctica 89578 -55 ° F
Baldrick Aws, Antarctica 89013 -55 ° F
  • Verified at 03:05 pm ET on July 31, 2014.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.