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World Weather Records
Sources: DWD, NCDC, Perth Weather Centre, MeteoSchweiz, Kenos's Weather Center, Ed's Weather, Guinness World Records

Official WMO world weather records: here  |  Source: Arizona State University

Parameter Value Continent Location Date Remarks
Highest maximum temperature
56,7 °C North America Death Valley (USA) 10.07.1913 -54 m, Greenland Ranch
14,6 °C Antarctica Hope Bay 05.01.1974 15 m
53,9 °C Asia Tirat Tsvi (Israel) 21.06.1942 -220 m
53,3 °C Australia Cloncurry 16.01.1889 190 m, Queensland
50,7 °C Australia Oodnadatta 02.01.1960 -
50,0 °C Europe Sevilla (Spain) 04.08.1881 8 m
42,2 °C Oceania Tuguegarao (Philippines) 29.04.1912 22 m
48,9 °C South America Rivadavia (Argentina) 11.12.1905 206 m
57,7 °C Africa Al'Aziziyah (Libya) 13.09.1922 112 m;
void since 2012 (**)
Highest mean temperature (year) 34,6 °C Africa Dallol (Ethiopia) 6 years 79 m;
Nov. 1960 to Oct. 1966
Highest temperature at south pole -13,6 °C Antarctica Amundsen-Scott 27.12.1978 2800 m
Lowest temperature -23,9 °C Africa Ifrane (Morocco) 11.02.1935 1635 m
-89,2 °C Antarctica Vostok 21.07.1983 3420 m
-69,8 °C Asia Werchojansk (Russia) 07.02.1892 107 m
-69,8 °C Asia Ojmjakon (Russia) 06.02.1933 800 m
-23,0 °C Australia Charlotte Pass 29.06.1994 1755 m, New South Wales
-55,0 °C Europe Ust-Shchugor (Russia) unknown 85 m
-63,0 °C North America Snag (Canada) 03.02.1947 646 m
-11,1 °C Oceania Mauna Kea (Hawaii) 17.05.1979 -
-10,0 °C Oceania Haleakala (Hawaii) 02.01.1961 2972 m
-33,0 °C South America Sarmiento (Argentina) 01.06.1907 268 m
Lowest mean temperature (year) -55,1 °C Antarctica Vostok 1961-1990 3420 m
Greatest average annual rain amount 10287 mm Africa Debundscha (Cameroon) 32 years 9 m
11872 mm Asia Mawsynram (India) 38 years 1401 m
8636 mm Australia Bellenden Ker 9 years 1555 m, Queensland
4648 mm Europe Crkvica (Bos.-Herz.) 22 years 1017 m, Queensland
6502 mm North America Henderson Lake (Kanada) 14 years 4 m, British Columbia
11684 mm Oceania Mt. Waialeale (Hawaii) 30 years 1569 m, Kauai
10790 mm South America Quibdo (Colombia) 16 years 37 m
Record annual rain amount 26461 mm Asia Cherrapunji (Indien) 1860/61 1313 m; 01.08.1860-31.07.1861
24-hour record rainfall 1870 mm Africa Cilaos (Reunion) 15/16.03.1952 Indian Ocean
12-hour record rainfall 1340 mm Africa Belouve (Reunion) 28.02.1964 Indian Ocean
1-hour record rainfall 304,8 mm North America Holt (USA) 22.06.1947 Missouri
1-minute record rainfall 38,1 mm Central America Basse Terre (Guadeloupe) 26.11.1970 Antilles, Caribbean
31,2 mm North America Unionville 04.07.1956 -
Highest average number of rainy days (year) 325 Oceania Campbell Island 17 years 19 m; 1941-1957; South Pacific
325 South America Bahia Felix (Chile) - -
Least average annual rain amount <2,5 mm Africa Wadi Halfa (Sudan) 39 years 125 m
0,7 mm Africa Dakhla (Egypt) 53 years 111 m, 1932-1985
~20 mm Antarctica Amundsen-Scott 10 years 2800 m, South Pole
46 mm Asia Aden (Yemen) 50 years 7 m
103 mm Australia Mulka 42 years 49 m, South-Australia
163 mm Europe Astrachan (Russia) 25 years 14 m
30 mm North America Batagues (Mexiko) 14 years 5 m
227 mm Oceania Puako (Hawaii) 13 years 2 m
0,5 mm South America Quillagua (Chile) 37 years 1964-2001
1 mm South America Arica (Chile) 59 years 29 m
Greatest snow accumulation (year) 28,96 m
26,10 m
North America
North America
Mount Baker
Rainier Paradise Ranger
1998/99
1971/72
Washington (USA)
Washington (USA)
Greatest snow accumulation (month) 9,91 m North America Tamarack Jan 1911 California (USA)
Greatest snow accumulation (day) 1,93 m North America Silver Lake 14/15.04.1921 Colorado (USA)
Greatest average sunshine duration (year) 4040 h North America Yuma (USA) 28 years 65 m; 1951-78
Lowest verage sunshine duration (year) 478 h South America Orkney-Islands 62 years South Atlantic
Highest sea level air pressure (*) 1083,8 hPa Asia Agata (Russia) 31.12.1968 263 m; Northwest Sibiria
Lowest sea level air pressure 870 hPa Oceania Near Guam 12.10.1979 Typhoon "Tip" Pacific Ocean
Maximum wind gust 408 km/h Australia Barrow Island 10.04.1996 Tropical cyclone "Olivia"
372 km/h North America Mt. Washington (USA) 12.04.1934 1918 m; 10-min-average; New Hampshire
Maximum wind gust 416 km/h North America Mt. Washington (USA) 12.04.1934 1918 m; New Hampshire
Maximum wind gust (lowlands) 333 km/h Arktic Thule (Greenland) 08.03.1972 -
Greatest temperature range (year) 106,4 K Asia Werchojansk (Russia) - 107 m;
-69,8 °C, +36,6 °C
Greatest temperature range (day) 57,2 K
55,6 K
North America
North America
Loma (Montana, USA)
Browning (Montana, USA)
14./15.01.1972
23./24.01.1916
-47,8 °C -> +9,4 °C
+6,7 °C -> -48,9 °C
Minimum temperature range (year) 11,5 K Oceania Saipan (Mariana Islands) - Pacific Ocean;
(31,4 °C, 19,9 °C)
Greastet average yearly number of thunderstorm days 251 Africa Tororo (Uganda) 10 years 1967-1976
Greatest distance traveled (single tornado) 469 km North America Indiana, Illinois (USA) 26.05.1917 no permanent ground contact
Widest tornado (diameter) 1600 m North America Mulhall (USA) 02.05.1999 Oklahoma
World weather records:
Depending on the source, the information is more or less different. Sometimes the location or date of the records do not match. Smaller (rounding) errors are also caused by the conversion from Fahrenheit to Celsius and inches to mm or m and vice versa.

(*) On 19 (21 UTC) and 20 January 2010 (00 UTC) the stations 44221 Gandan Huryee and 44224 Tsetsen Uul (both Mongolia) reported values of 1086.2 and 1086.6 hPa. However, the stations are located at altitudes of 1,421 and 1,928 m above sea level, and with temperatures of -44.5 and -42.7 ° C at the time of recording, a reduction of the air pressure to sea level is subject to big errors and is inadmissible. Thus, these values do not represent valid world records.

(**) On 13 September 2012, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) invalidated the 90-year-old record from Libya. The reason given is erroneous measurement conditions: Official press relase. Since then, the Death Valley in the USA with 56.7 °C on 10 July 1913 is official record holder, where on 12.07.2012 also the officially hottest night was recorded with a minimum temperature of 41.7 °C.

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