Earth’s 3rd and 4th Hottest EVER Recorded Temperatures Were in the Last 3-Years

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A map shows the extreme heat that hit the Middle East on July 21, 2016, when the temperature hit 129 degrees in Kuwait. Meteo France / WMO

129ºF and 128.7ºF, recorded in Kuwait in 2016 and Pakistan in 2017, have officially been confirmed as the Earth’s 3rd and 4th hottest temperatures on record, scientists from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced Tuesday. The Kuwait reading is an Asian record, the highest ever recorded temperature for the continent of Asia, and both readings are also the highest temperatures recorded on the planet in the past 76 years.

“The two observations are the third (tied within uncertainty limits) and fourth-highest WMO-recognized temperature extremes,” the organization said in a statement.

The WMO archive of weather and climate extremes includes the world’s highest and lowest temperatures, rainfall, heaviest hailstone, longest dry period, maximum gust of wind, as well as hemispheric weather and climate extremes, reports USA Today.

According to the archive, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was in Furnace Creek, Death Valley, CA, which reportedly hit 134ºF on July 10, 1913. 

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