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Weather extremes are the highest and, in some cases, the lowest value of a climatic element (typically temperature and precipitation) observed during a given interval or during a given month or season. When the value is the greatest extreme of the period of record, for which reliable observations of any of the weather elements are available at a particular location, the value would be the absolute extreme, constituting a record. Several places compete for the title of hottest spot on Earth, or rainiest location on Earth.

World Weather Records

Highest temperature: 136º F (57.8º C), El Azizia, Libya, on Sept. 13, 1922. Highest average annual mean temperature: 94º F (34.4º C), in Dallol, Ethiopia. Hottest summer average in Western Hemisphere: 98º [...]