Jul 22, 2016

Hottest Reliably Measured Air Temperatures on Earth

Kuwait
by
Christopher C. Burt
,
Weather Underground
A scorching week in Mitribah, Kuwait culminated in a 54.0°C (129.2°F) reading on July 21st (high temp data on the chart is for the previous day). Image: Table from OGIMET
A scorching week in Mitribah, Kuwait culminated in a 54.0°C (129.2°F) reading on July 21st (high temp data on the chart is for the previous day). Image: Table from OGIMET

[A] temperature of 54.0°C (129.2°F) was observed at Mitribah, Kuwait on July 21st. According to the Kuwait Meteorological Department this was the hottest temperature ever measured in the country (a reading of 54.4°C/129.9°F observed at the same site on July 16, 2010 has been disallowed as a result of a faulty sensor). The 54.0°C reading also is a new record for Asia and ties a similar reading at Death Valley (on June 30, 2013) as the hottest reliably measured temperature on Earth. The key word here is ‘reliably’. Many hotter temperatures have been reported from around the world in years past. However, all of these have credibility issues. In that vein I am going to revisit a blog I first posted on WU in October 2010 listing all the various claims to temperature readings at or above 54°C (129.2°F). In the years since I made that post I’ve learned more about some of these claims and have thus updated my entries and ‘validity’ scores as a result