A village in South Africa has equaled the worlds hottest recorded temperature, shared with Kuwait in 2016 and Death Valley 2013, that holds the same sizzling 54°C record.
Planet Earth and Storm Report SA reported that the temperature recorded at the Viooldrif weather station is now the highest yet recorded anywhere in Africa in the modern era.
A previous unofficial record temperature of 55°C was recorded in Tunisia in 1931, but that figure was unreliable due to instruments not being calibrated to international standards.
Back in July 2016, Mitribah, in Kuwait recorded a blistering 54 Celsius and Basra, Iraq, recorded 53.9 Celsius. It’s thought that Mitribah’s reading matches the hottest ever reliably measured temperature anywhere in the world.
Both Mitribah and Basra’s readings are likely the highest ever recorded outside of Death Valley, Calif. Death Valley currently holds the record for the world’s hottest temperature of 56.7 Celsius, set July 10, 1913.
On 13 September 2012 the World Meteorological Organization disqualified the record for the highest recorded temperature, exactly 90 years after it had been established at El Azizia, Libya, with a measurement of 58°C.
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