Data from the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction show that July 3 was the warmest day ever observed on Earth.
As summer heats up in the Northern Hemisphere, the average worldwide temperature rose to 17.01 degrees Celsius (62.62 degrees Fahrenheit), breaking the previous record of 16.92C (62.46F) set in August 2016.
Authorities have seen an increase in heat-related fatalities this summer as temperatures frequently top 40C (104F).
Highest temperatures ever recorded
The highest temperature ever recorded is now 56.7C (134F), which was made in California’s Death Valley back in 1913. A temperature of 55C (131F), reported in Kebili, Tunisia in 1931, is the highest recorded temperature in Africa. The hottest official temperature ever recorded in Asia was 54C (129F) in Iran in 2017.
On August 11, 2021, the Italian island of Sicily had a temperature of 48.8C (119.8F), the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe. According to the Meteorological Office, the United Kingdom saw its hottest temperature ever on July 19, 2022, reaching 40.2C (104.4F).
The highest temperature ever recorded on Seymour Island in Antarctica was 20.7C (69.3F) in 2020. The Antarctic Peninsula has experienced an almost 3C (5.4F) increase in temperature over the previous 50 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) of the United Nations.
The world’s hottest recorded temperatures are depicted on the map below for each nation. Maximum temperatures of 50C (122F) or higher have been recorded in at least 22 different countries.
A global network of weather stations is what determines the temperature that you see on the news or in the weather app on your phone.
Weather stations employ specialized platinum resistance thermometers mounted in shaded apparatuses known as Stevenson screens at a height of 1.25-2 meters (4-6 feet) above the ground to assure reliable readings.
There are two widely used scales for calculating temperature: Fahrenheit and Celsius
Fahrenheit is only used as the standard scale in a select few nations, notably the United States. The Celsius scale, named after Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius, who created the 0-100 degree freezing and boiling point scale in 1742, is used by the majority of the remainder of the world.
2020 was the warmest year on record, with a worldwide average surface temperature that was tied with 2016. According to NASA, the last eight years have been the warmest since the start of modern record-keeping in the 1880s.
The annual temperature data that make up the global temperature record show that the globe is warming, according to scientists.
The average surface temperature of the Earth in 2022 will tie for fifth-warmest on record, according to NASA’s temperature records, with 2015.