• Hottest temperature measured on Earth
The temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the hottest temperature to ever be measured on the planet, was recorded on the 13th of September 1922. However, some believe the accuracy of this reading is controversial. The weather station that recorded the temperature was built on black tarmac, which would have absorbed a high proportion on sunlight and therefore made the air artificially hotter. In addition, the maximum thermometer at the station had been damaged, so an unspecialized thermometer was being used. Despite these factors, most accept that the temperature recorded was valid and the hottest temperature to yet be recorded on Earth.
• Second highest recorded temperature on Earth
If we were to discard the temperature reading from 1922 in Libya, we would turn to the second highest recorded temperature yet to be taken on Earth. This reading occurred in 1913, in Death Valley in the United States. A temperature on 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 degrees Celsius) was recorded.