The 17 Hottest Recorded Temperatures of All Time

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The 17 Hottest Recorded Temperatures of All Time

As the world gets hotter and hotter, the days of searing heat have seemingly become more and more frequent. With July 2023 recorded as the hottest month ever, it only feels like the heat will continue to increase as the days go on. 

However, just because July 2023 was the hottest month doesn’t mean it was the hottest day on record, as that title belongs somewhere in the United States. With this in mind, let’s look at 17 of the hottest recorded temperatures of all time in Fahrenheit.

17. Tunisia

Film set of the popular fantasy production
The Tunisian desert is also a famous movie set from Star Wars.
©Wilcza Fotografia/Shutterstock.com
  • Date: 122.5 degrees
  • Town: Kairouan
  • Temperature: 122.5 degrees

16. Qatar

Sealine Desert Sand Dunes, Qatar
The Qatari desert is famously hot with beautiful sand dunes.
©Firas Abousido/Shutterstock.com
  • Date: July 14, 2010
  • Town: Doha
  • Temperature: 122.7 degrees

15. Morocco

View of the Agadir Al Massira airport building on a sunny cloudy day. Vacation. Vacation in Morocco. Copy space.
The Agadir Al Massira airport in Morocco.
  • Date: August 11, 2023
  • Town: Agadir (Inezgane Airport)
  • Temperature: 122.7 degrees

14. Australia

Remote Australian desert outback landscape
The desert areas in Southern Australia are notoriously hot.
  • Date: January 2, 1962 and January 12, 2022
  • Town: Oodnadatta, South Australia and Onslow Western Australia
  • Temperature: 123.3 degrees

13. India

Amazing views of Thar desert Jaisalmer Rajast India in October 2019.Beautiful sand dunes
There are certain locations in India where the heat can be unbearable.
©Chaitali Mitra/Shutterstock.com
  • Date: May 19, 2016
  • Town: Phalodi, Rajasthan
  • Temperature: 123.8 degrees

12. Egypt

Sailboats and ancient rocks in the Nile on the way to pyramids, Aswan, Egypt
The area around Aswan, Egypt, gets very hot throughout the year.
  • Date: July 4, 1918
  • Town: Aswan
  • Temperature: 123.8 degrees

11. Oman

From the soft hues of the sand dunes to the shark beauty of the landscape. this photo is captured in Oman wahiba sands. ideal for travel brochures, inspiration quotes or background imagery or framing
The Joba area of Oman is one of the hottest places during the summer months.
©Yunus Hussain/Shutterstock.com
  • Date: June 16, 2021
  • Town: Joba
  • Temperature: 124.9 degrees

10. Mexico

Mountains on the Mexicali Valley in Baja California, MEXICO. Landscape on the road from Mexicali to Tecate.
The Mexicali area can regularly hit temperatures over 100 degrees.
©VG Foto/Shutterstock.com
  • Date: July 28, 1995
  • Town: Mexicali area
  • Temperature: 125.6 degrees

9. Saudi Arabia

A beautiful evening from moon valley located in Jeddah Saudi Arabia
Temperatures in Jeddah often hit over 100 degrees during the summer months.
©Muhammed Riyaz/Shutterstock.com
  • Date: June 22, 2010
  • Town: Jeddah
  • Temperature: 125.6 degrees

8. United Arab Emirates

Remah Desert, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Middle East
United Arab Emirates is home to some of the world’s hottest locations.
©Robert Harding Video/Shutterstock.com
  • Date: July 2002
  • Town: Sweihan, Al Ain
  • Temperature: 125.8 degrees

7. China

Flaming Mountains : Turpan Xinjiang China
The climate in Xinjiang, China, is described as having extremely hot summers.
  • Date: July 16, 2023
  • Town: Sanbao Township, Turpan, Xinjiang
  • Temperature: 126.0 degrees

6. Pakistan

Dry and treeless mountain range in Pakistan.
Pakistan offers regions where the temperatures can be unbearable for a few months of the year.
©Nature lapse/Shutterstock.com
  • Date: May 28, 2017 and May 26, 2020
  • Town: Mohenjo-daro Turbat
  • Temperature: 128.7 degrees

5. Kuwait

Lonely beautiful hill in Kuwait which was captured in winter
Mitribah, Kuwait, is famous for its hot and dry summers.
  • Date: July 21, 2016
  • Town: Mitribah
  • Temperature: 129.0 degrees

4. Iraq

Shatt al-Arab, a tributary of the Tigris River, running through a government camp in Basra, Iraq
During the summer months, Basra is one of the hottest cities on Earth.
©Angela N Perryman/Shutterstock.com
  • Date: July 22, 2016
  • Town: Basra
  • Temperature: 129.0 degrees

3. Israel

Beit She'an national park, Roman Ruins of amphitheatre and Roman columns. Beit Shean in Israel Roman civilization.
The area around Tirat Zvi, Israel, is one of the hottest on the planet.
  • Date: June 21, 1942
  • Town: Tirat Zvi
  • Temperature: 129.2 degrees

2. Iran

Sand towers of Kaluts in the Dasht-e-Lut desert. Iran
Certain areas of Iran can get hotter than just about anywhere on Earth.
©Yury Birukov/Shutterstock.com
  • Date: June 29, 2017
  • Town: Ahvaz Airport
  • Temperature: 129.2 degrees

1. United States

Sign Caution - Extreme Heat - Danger - indicates extreme heat and danger to life, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
Death Valley, California, is well known for being one of the hottest hot spots on Earth.
  • Date: July 10, 1913
  • Town: Furnace Creek, Death Valley, California
  • Temperature: 134.0 degrees

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