Climate and Weather


What are the highest and lowest recorded temperatures on Earth?

The highest temperature in the world was recorded as 136°F (58°C) at Al Aziziyah (el-Aziia), Libya, on September 13, 1922; the highest temperature recorded in the United States was 134°F (56.7°C) in Death Valley, California, on July 10, 1913. The temperatures of 140°F (60°C) at Delta, Mexico, in August 1953 and 136.4°F (58°C) at San Luis, Mexico, on August 11, 1933, are not internationally accepted. The lowest temperature was –128.6°F (–89.6°C) at Vostok Station in Antarctica on July 21, 1983. The record cold temperature for an inhabited area was –90.4°F (–68°C) at Oymyakon, Siberia (population 4,000), on February 6, 1933. This temperature tied with the readings at Verkhoyansk, Siberia, on January 3, 1885, and February 5 and 7, 1892. The lowest temperature reading in the United States was –79.8°F (–62.1°C) on January 23, 1971, in Prospect Creek, Alaska; for the contiguous 48 states, the coldest temperature was –69.7°F (–56.5°C) at Rogers Pass, Montana, on January 20, 1954.


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