Did Iran’s Ahvaz record the hottest temperature on earth at 54°C?
Weather Underground’s recording of 129.2°F or 54°C at Ahvaz has tied it for the hottest credible temperature recorded in modern times with that of Death Valley, California, US, on June 30 2013, and Mitribah in Kuwait on July 21, 2016.
Ahvaz, an Iranian city set the record for the hottest temperature in the country on Thursday, according to a report in The Washington Post.
The city may have also tied with others for highest temperature recorded on earth if meteorologists go by US-based forecaster Weather Underground’s recording.
The report cited a forecaster at French meteorological agency MeteoFrance, Etienne Kapikian’s tweet to say that Ahvaz’s maximum temperature hit “53.7°C”, a “new absolute national record of reliable Iranian heat”.
However, the report noted Weather Underground’s recording of 129.2°F or 54°C, and said it tied for the hottest credible temperatures recorded in modern times with that of Death Valley, California, US, on June 30 2013, and Mitribah in Kuwait on July 21, 2016.
The Weather Underground reading will have to be reviewed and confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization to stand the record.
Officially, Death Valley has set the record for the hottest temperature on July 10, 1913 at 134°F or 57°C, the daily said.
However, Christopher Burt, a weather historian for Weather Underground, dismissed that weather recording, concluding it was “essentially not possible from a meteorological perspective,” and that the weather observer committed errors.
The Israel Meteorological Service has also said the country’s hottest temperature, 54°C, was recorded at Tirat Tzvi, on June 21, 1942.
India recorded its hottest temperature of 51°C at Phalodi in Rajasthan on May 19, 2016.
The Post said the recent heat waves and record temperatures represent extremes consistent with what climate scientists expect due to the global warming phenomenon in the world.