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Countries by Highest Recorded Temperature

Name the countries that have the highest ever recorded temperatures.
  • According to this source. Records considered dubious are not included
  • As of July 9, 2017
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jul 09, 2017
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°C
°F
Country
54.0
129.2
54.0
129.2
53.9
129.0
53.7
128.9
53.5
128.3
52.0
125.6
52.0
125.6
51.5
124.7
51.2
124.2
51.1
124.0
51.0
123.8
°C
°F
Country
50.8
123.4
50.7
123.3
50.7
123.3
50.6
123.1
50.4
122.7
50.3
122.5
50.3
122.4
50.2
122.4
50.1
122.2
50.1
122.2
Answer Stats
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°F
Country
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level 74
Aug 17, 2015
I found this much easier than the "lowest temperature" one.
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level 80
Aug 19, 2015
It helps that 16 out of 20 are connected to each other, I suppose.
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level 74
Sep 22, 2015
Got all except Turkmenistan and looks like that happened to a lot of people.
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level 58
Sep 5, 2017
I got Turkmenistan but forgot Jordan. Jordan is a blank spot in my mind.
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level 48
Jan 11, 2018
same
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level 58
Sep 22, 2015
I got Turkmenistan and forgot about the US and Mexico
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level 23
Sep 5, 2017
same!
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level 54
Sep 5, 2017
Got it with 6 seconds to spare, I was just typing in random countries at that point XD
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level 48
Sep 7, 2017
same!
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level 32
Sep 22, 2015
Good Quiz :) Just a suggestion: "UAE" should be accepted for "United Arab Emirates".
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level ∞
Sep 22, 2015
It is accepted
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level 32
Sep 22, 2015
USA just has to be top of everything
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level 73
Sep 22, 2015
Yeah but if you measure highest temperature per capita then France is #1 or something...
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level 47
Sep 22, 2015
and seen from an alphabetical point of view it scores very poorly - below even countries we often think of as under achievers such as Gabon or Burkina Faso
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level 79
Sep 22, 2015
I'm fairly sure this is a major reason we want the US referred to as 'America.'
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level 49
Sep 22, 2015
Some places may be far hotter, but they are not recorded.
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level ∞
Jul 9, 2017
Such as?
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level 65
Aug 3, 2017
Venus
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level 74
Sep 5, 2017
The Sun.
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level 67
Sep 6, 2017
Me
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level 24
May 16, 2018
If you are talking about the hottest places on Earth, well that is definitely the centre of the Earth.
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level 48
Sep 7, 2017
Bernand62601 lmao
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level 67
Sep 22, 2015
Almost all the Midddle East except for Syria and Lebanon. Curious.
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level 58
Sep 22, 2015
Lebanon is coastal, right? Syria, SUSPICIOUS! :P
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level 73
Sep 22, 2015
Lebanon is a very small country. You've got the coastal areas which have a nice, temperate Mediterranean climate, and then if you head east you very quickly run into mountains where it gets quite cool. Syria is also very hilly and moderate compared to the countries to the south. The scorching desert areas of Israel, Jordan, and Iraq are mostly in the south. Visit Syria or look up pictures and you'll see most of it is green. Not the same geography as the most of the Arabian peninsula.
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level 67
Sep 22, 2015
Israel = also coastal, eh?
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level 73
Sep 25, 2015
Israel has a coastline, but it also has a large very hot very arid desert further south than any part of Lebanon or Syria. The Negev.
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level 70
Oct 27, 2016
the lowest altitude in the world also helps
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level 56
Sep 5, 2017
Highest temperature in Israel was measured in the northern part of the Jordan Valley, just south of the Sea of Galilee. This region continuously measures the highest temperatures in the country, usually higher than the Negev or the Dead Sea.
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level 73
Sep 5, 2017
cool. didn't know that.
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level 24
Jun 27, 2018
What about Yemen?
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level 30
Sep 22, 2015
Death Valley, USA has a highest recorded temperature of 131F.
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level 30
Sep 22, 2015
Oh, I take that back. It's 134F, even hotter than I thought. That's 5F more than your answer so you need to update that.
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level 70
Oct 27, 2016
"Records considered dubious are not included"
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level 31
Sep 22, 2015
The US is 134 degrees!
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level ∞
Sep 23, 2015
There was also an old record for Libya at 136 degrees. These older records are generally regarded as inaccurate.
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level 55
Sep 23, 2015
Lacks credibility
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level ∞
Jul 9, 2017
I don't think so. The source seems pretty comprehensive to me.
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level 55
Sep 23, 2015
First try :)
+1
level 41
Sep 24, 2015
an explorer in australia in the 1800's "apparently" recorded temps of 60 degrees celsius but it may not be true. just interesting. THINK OF AUS PLS
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level 14
Sep 25, 2015
I need to study
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level 51
Jan 18, 2016
Chernobyl nuclear disaster in ukraine caused the temperatures to rise very very high yeah obviously it should not be accepted but just for the sake of trivia
+4
level 59
Sep 5, 2017
I can fire up my oven to 275°C here in Germany.
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level 67
Dec 28, 2017
what are you trying to imply?
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level 51
Jan 18, 2016
kalbahamut is right i heard somewhere that france recorded 75 degree celcius one day
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level 57
Sep 9, 2016
Doubtful. I live in Europe and when a summer is really hot it reaches around 40°C or maybe even a little more. But 75 seems unreal. Wikipedia lists the highest temperature measured in France as 44.1 °C / 111.4 °F.
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level 73
Sep 5, 2017
you missed the sarcasm
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level 65
May 26, 2016
I'm kinda surprised not to see India on here at all. Also just a little bit surprised that the U.S. is in the top spot.
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level 68
Nov 9, 2016
It should definitely be included. It was in the news earlier this year that they recorded a 126 degree temp.
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level 56
Nov 20, 2016
I'm surprised there is no Afghanistan.
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level 59
Sep 7, 2017
There is an Afghanistan, just not one as hot as you thought.
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level 52
Dec 3, 2016
So Turkmenistan rates on highest temperatures but some of its neighbours are on lowest average
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level 50
Jan 17, 2017
India record temperature 50,6 °C. Shouldn't this be on the list as well ?
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level ∞
Jul 9, 2017
Added India, thanks. The new record, set in 2016, is 51 degrees.
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level 67
Jul 12, 2017
Really surprised not to see Niger/Chad/Sudan etc on here.
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level 67
Dec 28, 2017
Those are closer to the equator and wetter. The hottest temperatures are at the horse latitudes (around 30 degrees latitude), which are characterized by high pressure and calm air heats up as it drops. Most deserts are at the horse latitudes. If you take a look at a map, you'll see that virtually all the countries on this list are right around 30 degrees.
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level 36
Aug 22, 2017
Yo. I was IN KUWAIT on the day that pinged the highest recorded temp ever in the Eastern Hemisphere. Just trying to out-process and re-deploy back home in mid-July.
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level 73
Sep 5, 2017
Thank you for your service (and your sweat).
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level 35
Sep 5, 2017
wow I got them all except the US, I feel stupid...
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level 50
Sep 5, 2017
56.7 °C (134.1 °F) * Furnace Creek Ranch (formerly Greenland Ranch), Death Valley, California
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level 62
Sep 5, 2017
This summer, 54.0 was recorded in Ahvaz, Iran.
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level 43
Sep 5, 2017
Dammit, missed Turkmenistan. I would have never guessed it!
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level 73
Sep 5, 2017
Source site is very amateurish with many basic language errors. Why did you conclude that it should be considered scientifically authoritative?
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level ∞
Sep 5, 2017
Because it seems to be accurate. I cross-referenced some of the data, and see that it matched with local news reports. Meanwhile, many other sites are still reporting very dubious "records", like the 136 degree temperature in Libya, or 134 in Death Valley. I wish there was a better source, but this is the best one we have. Perhaps you should try to make a better quiz.
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level 36
Sep 5, 2017
My score: 21/21 Time left: 1:50/4:00
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level 58
Sep 5, 2017
WHY DO I ALWAYS FORGET JORDAN!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!! I FORGET IT LITERALLY EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!!!
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level 65
Jan 9, 2018
Change your name to 'Jordan' you wont ever forget it again.
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level 48
Sep 7, 2017
I was in the UAE on the hottest recorded day.
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level 24
Sep 10, 2017
A lot of people are are saying they remember the record for hottest temperature being Death Valley or Al Azizia, Libya. Both of these placed did have what was considered the world record temperatures at some point, but on investigation of the data both records have been overturned. If you're really interested you can read an in depth account of the investigations into both of these readings below. https://www.wunderground.com/blog/weatherhistorian/world-heat-record-overturneda-personal-account.html https://www.wunderground.com/blog/weatherhistorian/an-investigation-of-death-valleys-134f-world-temperature-record.html
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level 37
Apr 11, 2018
I feel like china is probably higher at one point
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level 57
Jul 5, 2018
This quiz made me wonder about the highest and lowest differences in recorded temperatures. ;)
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