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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 28, 2019
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First submittedAugust 17, 2015
Last updatedJuly 29, 2019
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°C
°F
Country
54.0
129.2
Kuwait
54.0
129.2
United States
53.9
129.0
Iraq
53.7
128.7
Iran
53.5
128.3
Pakistan
52.0
125.6
Mexico
52.0
125.6
Saudi Arabia
°C
°F
Country
51.8
125.2
United Arab Emirates
51.3
124.3
Algeria
51.1
124.0
Jordan
51.0
123.8
India
50.8
123.4
Oman
50.7
123.3
Australia
50.7
123.3
Morocco
°C
°F
Country
50.5
122.9
China
50.5
122.9
Israel
50.4
122.7
Qatar
50.3
122.5
Egypt
50.2
122.4
Libya
50.1
122.2
Tunisia
50.1
122.2
Turkmenistan
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level 77
Aug 17, 2015
I found this much easier than the "lowest temperature" one.
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level 67
Aug 25, 2018
The source shows extreme high and low temperatures for multiple locations in most countries. My hometown is listed (correctly, according to the national meteorological agency) as having an extreme low of -47.8C and an extreme high of 42.2C. I'll guess that it's the largest city that has reached plus- and minus-40 degrees, but I can't be bothered to go down that whole list.
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level 67
Aug 25, 2018
Couldn't help it - checked Russia and Kazakhstan. "Omnsk" (Omsk?): -49.0/40.4. And Astana: -51.6/41.6. Both bigger than Winnipeg.
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level 54
Aug 23, 2019
Norway. Karasjok - 50+ and 38 celsius
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level 83
Aug 19, 2015
It helps that 16 out of 20 are connected to each other, I suppose.
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level 77
Sep 22, 2015
Got all except Turkmenistan and looks like that happened to a lot of people.
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level 66
Sep 5, 2017
I got Turkmenistan but forgot Jordan. Jordan is a blank spot in my mind.
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level 46
Jan 11, 2018
same
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level 67
Aug 25, 2018
I'm surprised that the Danakil Depression doesn't put Ethiopia onto the list. I also expected Djibouti and Uzbekistan. Maybe Yemen and Somalia too.
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level 45
Aug 22, 2019
exactly my thoughts, too!
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level 44
Oct 6, 2018
almost looks like Turkmenistan only gets put in by people who retake it?
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level 46
May 25, 2019
naw I got Turkmenistan first try. went through all the -stan countries to get it though
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level 72
Aug 22, 2019
soooo glad i tried all the stans
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level 55
Aug 22, 2019
*Gets 20 of the answers within 2 minutes* *Only gets Turkmenistan in the last 2 seconds of the quiz*
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level 38
Jul 21, 2019
Yup, tried Uzbekistan and figured i should drop it (the other stans). Evidently i was wrong.
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level 58
Sep 22, 2015
I got Turkmenistan and forgot about the US and Mexico
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level 27
Sep 5, 2017
same!
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level 64
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 51
Sep 7, 2017
same!
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level 32
Sep 22, 2015
USA just has to be top of everything
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level 76
Sep 22, 2015
Yeah but if you measure highest temperature per capita then France is #1 or something...
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level 57
May 25, 2019
Per capita I can guarantee it will be the Vatican City.
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level 76
Jul 21, 2019
well just so long as it's somewhere in Europe and not the US then we can still feel good about ourselves
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level 48
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 83
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 59
Aug 22, 2019
That attitude even made them try to buy Greenland, which would make the USA the northernmost country in the world. They would literally be at the top of the world!
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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 68
Aug 3, 2017
Venus
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level 79
Sep 5, 2017
The Sun.
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level 71
Sep 6, 2017
Me
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level 32
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 57
May 25, 2019
This article gives some possibilities: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highest_temperature_recorded_on_Earth
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level ∞
Jul 29, 2019
There's a lot of hokum in weather extreme reporting. Don't believe what you read unless it comes from a good source.
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level 51
Sep 7, 2017
Bernand62601 lmao
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level 68
Sep 22, 2015
Almost all the Midddle East except for Syria and Lebanon. Curious.
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level 61
Sep 22, 2015
Lebanon is coastal, right? Syria, SUSPICIOUS! :P
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level 76
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 68
Sep 22, 2015
Israel = also coastal, eh?
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level 76
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 73
Oct 27, 2016
the lowest altitude in the world also helps
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level 59
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 76
Sep 5, 2017
cool. didn't know that.
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level 32
Jun 27, 2018
What about Yemen?
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level 76
Dec 1, 2018
Yemen is very mountainous.
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level 73
Aug 22, 2019
"Visit Syria or look up pictures and you'll see most of it is green." False. The coastal regions of Syria are separated from the rest of the country by a mountain range (just like Lebanon), and those areas are quite green. The rest of the country is semi-arid or arid, though the Euphrates and a few smaller rivers have allowed for some corridors of irrigation in the deserts. It gets very hot in Syria, with temperatures often surpassing 110F in many regions. It just happens to be that the max recorded temperature is about 120, which isn't quite as hot as the max temps recorded in the lower altitude and lower latitude deserts of many of the other countries on the list.
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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 73
Oct 27, 2016
"Records considered dubious are not included"
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level ∞
Jul 29, 2019
Yeah, it's probably bogus. There's another "record" from Libya that's even hotter. That one is definitely bogus.
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level 32
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 57
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 57
Sep 23, 2015
First try :)
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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 17
Dec 1, 2018
Must be the heat index. Recently in the Arabian desert, it was 53C but felt like 72C.
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level 14
Sep 25, 2015
I need to study
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level 57
Nov 20, 2016
I'm surprised there is no Afghanistan.
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level 44
Aug 23, 2019
Too many mountains.
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level 56
Dec 3, 2016
So Turkmenistan rates on highest temperatures but some of its neighbours are on lowest average
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level 52
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 69
Jul 12, 2017
Really surprised not to see Niger/Chad/Sudan etc on here.
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level 66
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 ∞
Jul 29, 2019
Exactly. It generally doesn't get extremely warm near the equator. Believe it or not, Alaska has a higher record than Singapore.
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level 37
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 75
Sep 5, 2017
Thank you for your service (and your sweat).
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level 42
Sep 5, 2017
wow I got them all except the US, I feel stupid...
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level 56
Sep 5, 2017
56.7 °C (134.1 °F) * Furnace Creek Ranch (formerly Greenland Ranch), Death Valley, California
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level 17
Dec 1, 2018
Greenland Ranch is such an ironic name.
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level ∞
Jul 29, 2019
Erroneous!
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level 61
Sep 5, 2017
This summer, 54.0 was recorded in Ahvaz, Iran.
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level 44
Sep 5, 2017
Dammit, missed Turkmenistan. I would have never guessed it!
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level 76
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 39
Sep 5, 2017
My score: 21/21 Time left: 1:50/4:00
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level 66
Sep 5, 2017
WHY DO I ALWAYS FORGET JORDAN!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!! I FORGET IT LITERALLY EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!!!
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level 67
Jan 9, 2018
Change your name to 'Jordan' you wont ever forget it again.
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level 51
Sep 7, 2017
I was in the UAE on the hottest recorded day.
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level 27
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 43
Apr 11, 2018
I feel like china is probably higher at one point
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level 60
Jul 5, 2018
This quiz made me wonder about the highest and lowest differences in recorded temperatures. ;)
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level 45
Aug 24, 2018
Only one I missed was Tunisia
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level 76
Jul 21, 2019
Tatooine, man. They have to farm moisture there. It's brutal.
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level 79
Aug 22, 2019
It also has two suns. Even more brutal.
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level 29
Aug 24, 2018
How do I miss only the U.S.? lol
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level 39
Jan 29, 2019
I got all except Kuwait...
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level 66
Jun 28, 2019
It would be interesting to see which years these records are from.
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level 76
Jul 21, 2019
The wikipedia page on the subject has dates.
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level 32
Jul 26, 2019
on thursday 25th july 2019 in the uk (record breaking in the uk) 39 celcius
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level ∞
Jul 29, 2019
Only 12 more degrees to go and they can make the list!
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level 76
Aug 22, 2019
haha. yeah. It's hilarious to me to hear Europeans complain about their brutally hot summer days and when I ask how hot it is they say "it's over 30!" ninja please...
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level 72
Aug 22, 2019
I'm British and to me 20 is hot..!

It has reached about 40 when I've been in Rome before - still a long way to go before it makes the list but that was plenty hot enough
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level 43
Aug 22, 2019
Iceland?
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level 76
Aug 22, 2019
Maybe inside one of the volcanoes.
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level 26
Aug 22, 2019
Got 100 percent the first time. Everything on the list was in my mind reasonable answers. Though as continental as Turkmenistan is, it did take me a while. I assume since Iraq, Iran and Pakistan all made the list, I was going to knock out all the "Stans"