World and U.S. Extremes of Climate

Highest Recorded Temperatures

 Place Date Degrees
Fahrenheit
Degrees
Celsius
World (Africa) El Azizia, Libya Sept. 13, 1922 136 58
North America (U.S.) Death Valley, Calif. July 10, 1913 134 57
Asia Tirat Tsvi, Israel June 21, 1942 129 54
Australia* Oodnadatta, South AustraliaJan. 2, 1960123.350.7
Europe Athens, Greece July 7, 1977118.4 48.0
South America Villa de María, Argentina Jan. 1, 1920 120.4 49.1
Canada Midale and Yellow Grass,
 Saskatchewan, Canada
July 5, 1937 113 45
Oceania*Oodnadatta, South AustraliaJan. 2, 1960123.350.7
Persian Gulf (sea-surface)  Aug. 5, 1924 96 36
Antarctica Vanda Station, Scott CoastJan. 5, 1974 59 15
South Pole  Dec. 27, 1978 7.5 –14

*On 16 January 1889, a temperature of 53 °C (128 °F) was recorded at Cloncurry, Queensland. It was measured with a non-standard thermometer, so it is unknown if this reading was valid or not.