What Is the Highest Temperature Ever Recorded?

The highest temperature ever recorded was 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 Celsius) in Death Valley on July 10, 1913. Located in the US and stretching across parts of California and Nevada, Death Valley is one of the hottest desert areas in North America and has average temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). During the period of July 9 through July 13 in 1913, Death Valley’s temperatures were especially hot and reached at least 129 degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius) each day, with July 10 reaching the record-breaking 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 Celsius). Death Valley is prone to extreme heat because its lack of plant cover makes the desert surface unprotected from sunlight, and the heat becomes trapped due to the valley’s depth.

More about temperature:

  • It was thought that El Azizia, Libya reached the highest temperature ever recorded in 1922 at 136 degrees Fahrenheit (58 Celsius), but those measurements have not been verified.
  • The first experiments to measure temperature dates back to Greek scientist Galen in A.D. 170.
  • The lowest temperature on official record is -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) in Antarctica in 1983.

Discussion Comments


Due to how much technology has advanced in this day and age, it's definitely a lot easier to record temperatures around the world. While meteorologists use a radar to track weather patterns and determine a future forecast, the average resident can even do some research on the weather in their neighborhood.


Although Antarctica has been know to have some very cold temperatures, I didn't know temperatures could get that low. Overall, when it comes to weather conditions, it really seems like there are two sides of the extreme. First of all, in deserts and other hot places, temperatures can rise up to the low to mid hundreds. On the other hand, we also have places in the North. Generally speaking, both places are uninhabitable for humans, and I wouldn't want to be in either of them.


In the second bullet point, one thing that I've noticed is how it says measuring temperatures dates back to centuries ago. If that's the case, compared to this day and age, how exactly was temperature measured? Though I'm sure it couldn't have been that difficult, don't forget that tools were a lot more primitive in A.D. 170. This is just my best guess, but one thing that might have benefited them was estimation, especially if the temperatures were fluctuating wildly.

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