Highest temperature ever recorded?

Published: Jun. 8, 2017 at 5:50 PM CDT
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During the last week of May and the first week of June, much of Asia, the Middle East, and Europe baked in one of the worst heat waves in the planet's history.

The most notable temperature may also become controversial. On May 28, 2017 the maximum temperature at Turbat, Pakistan soared to a sizzling 53.5 degrees Celsius, or 128.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Later, the Pakistan Meteorological Department rounded it up to 54.0 degrees Celsius, or 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Here is the significance of fudging the figures: the 129.2 degrees F ties the all-time highest reliably documented temperature on Earth. The World Meteorological Organization will investigate the Turbat reading to see if the rounding is compliant with standard procedures. If allowed, the reading would join the 129.2 degrees F on July 21, 2016 at Mitribah, Kuwait and the 129.2 degrees F observed at Furnace Creek, California (in Death Valley) on June 30, 2013 as the highest temperatures with indisputable accuracy and documentation.