Maximum and Minimum: How High and Low Can the Temperature Go?

5 April 2016, 12:03

Are you a lover of hot weather, or do you prefer it when the thermometer isn’t quite as high?

Whatever you prefer, the chances are you wouldn’t want to experience either of the extremes of temperature that have been recorded in the world over the years. According to the Guinness World Records, the highest official temperature ever recorded took place in Death Valley, America on 10th July 2013. The temperature reached 56.7 degrees Celsius, which equals an unbearable 134.06 Fahrenheit.

Apparently, the record was previously thought to have been held by El Azizia, Libya. This occurred 90 years ago when a temperature of 58 degrees Celsius was said to have been recorded. This was later disqualified, although no reason was given for this.

Now we have found out what the highest temperature ever recorded was, it makes sense to go and discover the lowest as well. This was actually recorded in Russia, which is known for some pretty low temperatures in some areas. In this case, the lowest temperature occurred in a place called Oymyakon, and the thermometer dipped as low as -68 degrees Celsius. This is the record for the lowest temperature in a place that is permanently inhabited by humans. This equates to -90.4 in Fahrenheit.

Temperatures can be quite fascinating to look at, as we can see. You usually think of the highest and lowest temperatures in certain places, but you don’t often think of the temperature differences that can occur in the same place in a single day. We saw this most notably last year on 30th September in Aviemore, a charming village which can be found in the Scottish Highlands.

On this occasion, the temperatures in Aviemore reached a heady 21 degrees Celsius during the best part of the day. However, thanks to the mountainous territory, the temperatures started off very cold for that day – and dropped back again in the evening, too. Aviemore therefore managed to claim the record for the coldest place in the UK as well as the hottest place in the UK – all in one day!

Wednesday morning started off with temperatures hovering around 1 degree Celsius, before rising to the heights of 21 degrees Celsius later that same day. As you can see, there are all kinds of weird things to bear in mind with the weather when the mountains come into the equation.

Wherever you are in the UK – or beyond – the chances are you may not experience quite the highs and lows mentioned here. Every area has its own high spots and low spots, but few of us will ever experience the world record-breaking highs and lows mentioned above – or even get close to doing so. And I suspect most of us will be glad of that, too.