10 Hottest Temperatures Recorded on Earth
Technina.com – Climate change is one of the hottest topics up for debate, especially since warm weather is inevitable on planet Earth. But, there are some temperatures that are just DEADLY. Here are 10 of the hottest recorded temperatures on earth:
On June 16, 2013, the city of Djibouti hit a record high temperature of 113 degrees Fahrenheit. While it may not be impressive compared to the American South, which reaches a temperature of about 110 degrees Fahrenheit, there’s usually humidity in the south.
Djibouti isn’t typically a humid town, but there isn’t much wind. Dry heat with no wind meant that the people in the city were feeling it, not to mention the muggy nights that followed.
9. Las Vegas
It is a given that Las Vegas, Nevada is a hot place, both temperature wise and in the casino. On July, 24th 1942; July 19, 2005; and June 30, 2013; the city hit a record high of about 117 degrees Fahrenheit. In Murcia, Spain, they too hit the same temperature on July 4, 1994.
Australia typically gets some pretty hot weather given its location on the planet. Because of this, the country is typically prepared for hot weather. But sometimes, records are broken, and the country has to come up with a contingency plan for when these record temperatures occur. In South Australia Oodnadatta hit a record high temperature of 123.3 degrees Fahrenheit on January 2, 1960.
Okay, it might not be a huge surprise that any area of the Middle East encounters hot weather. But, there is such a thing as too hot and even places like Kuwait can break its own record. On July 23, 2016, Kuwait hit a record high temperature of 129.3 degrees Fahrenheit. On July 22 of that same year, Basra, Iraq hit 129 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Greenland Ranch
On July 10, 1913, Death Valley played host to the confirmed hottest recorded temperature on earth at a staggering 131,4 degrees fahrenheit in a town called Greenland Ranch in California. Death Valley has an average daily temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit, so heat is no stranger to the area. But, when temperatures hit a record high like that, even locals were feeling it. While air conditioning (AC) was invented in 1902, it wasn’t a common household item yet!
The city of a Aziziya, libya once held the record for the hottest recorded temperature on earth with a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit on September 13, 1922. But the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) disqualified the measurement in January 2012 due to a recorder error. It may not seem fair for those who really cared about the record. But given its location, it isn’t too far from breaking another world record in the future.
4. Flaming Mountains
Located in China, the flaming mountains hit 152.2 degrees Fahrenheit according to satellite measurements in 2003. While recording with a satellite is considered to be not as accurate, measurements are still released. Usually, measured via satellite makes temperatures read higher than normal but, there is still something to be said for the numbers that are released.
3. Lut Desert
In Iran, the Lut Desert hit 159.3 degrees Fahrenheit according to a measurement from the modis infrared spectroradiometer on the Aqua satellite. Out of the 7 years the area was measured, Lut Desert had the highest recorded temperatures for 5 of those years.
In 1967, you would have wanted to stay away from Abadan, Iraq. Why? They hit a record high temperature of 189 degrees Fahrenheit in June of that year. This phenomenon happened thanks to an anomaly known as “Heat Burst”. While the temperature was never technically confirmed, people in that area felt it; That is, if they survived.
1. Furnace Creek Ranch
Also located in Death Valley, California, Furnace Creek Ranch hit a record ground temperature of 201 degrees Fahrenheit on July 15, 1972. With the temperature like that, it’s a guarantee that there was some melting going, on people were dehydrated, and livestock and crops certainly suffered. Hopefully everyone took advantage of air conditioning!
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