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Monday, 17 August 2020
As the Westcoast of America suffers an almost unbearable heatwave which is likely to last at least another 10 days, the highest temperature ever recorded here on Earth may have been beaten yesterday. 130F (54.4C) was recorded in Death Valley National Park on Sunday
As the Westcoast of America suffers an almost unbearable heatwave which is likely to last at least another 10 days, the highest temperature ever recorded here on Earth may have been beaten yesterday. A temperature of 130F (54.4C) was recorded in Death Valley National Park, California on Sunday. If the temperature is verified by the US National Weather Service it will be the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth.
The hottest temperature reliably recorded on Earth was 129.2F (54C) - also in Death Valley in 2013, however, a higher reading of 134F, or 56.6C a century earlier, also in Death Valley, is disputed. Back in late July 2020, Death Valley recorded a temperature of 128 deg F, (53 deg C).
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has officially evaluated temperature record extremes of 54.0 °C at two locations, one in Mitribah, Kuwait, on 21 July 2016 and a second in Turbat, Pakistan, on 28 May 2017. In its most intensive evaluation ever undertaken, the WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has verified the Mitribah observation as 129 deg F, 53.9 °C (± 0.1 °C margin of uncertainty) and the Turbat one as 128.6 deg F, 53.7 °C (± 0.4 °C). The Mitribah, Kuwait temperature is now accepted by the WMO as the highest temperature ever recorded for the continental region of Asia and the two observations are the third (tied within uncertainty limits) and fourth-highest WMO-recognized temperature extremes. Significantly, they are the highest, officially-recognized temperatures to have been recorded in the last 76 years. If verified, Sundays 130F (54.4C) will blow all the old records away but wait...Temperatures there are expected to rise in the coming days!