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Fourteen extreme national high temperature records have been set in 2010

This year now ranks in second place for the most number of countries that have set extreme heat records, according to a list supplied to me today by Chris Burt. The new list removes a number of old disputed records, resulting in the year 2007 surpassing 2010 as the year with the most extreme heat records--fifteen. Keep in mind that the matter of determining extreme records is very difficult, and it is often a judgment call as to whether an old record is reliable or not. The list of countries (225) includes islands that are not independent countries, such as Puerto Rico and Greenland. One-third (33%) of those heat records were set in the past ten years. Ten years have had extreme heat records set at five or more countries on Mr. Burt's list:

2007: 15 records

2010: 14 records

2003: 12 records

2005: 11 records

1998: 9 records

1983: 9 records

2009: 6 records

2000: 5 records

1999: 5 records

1987: 5 records

I highly recommend the book Extreme Weather by Chris Burt for those interested in weather records. I thank Mr. Burt and weather record researchers Maximiliano Herrera and Howard Rainford for their assistance identifying this year's new extreme temperature records. Here's a list of the fourteen nations that have set extreme heat records this year:

Finland recorded its hottest temperature on July 29, 2010, when the mercury hit 99°F (37.2°C) at Joensuu. The old (undisputed) record was 95°F (35°C) at Jvaskyla on July 9, 1914.

Qatar had its hottest temperature in history on July 14, 2010, when the mercury hit 50.4°C (122.7°F) at Doha Airport.

Russia had its hottest temperature in history on July 11, when the mercury rose to 44.0°C (111.2°F) in Yashkul, Kalmykia Republic, in the European portion of Russia near the Kazakhstan border. The previous hottest temperature in Russia (not including the former Soviet republics) was the 43.8°C (110.8°F) reading measured at Alexander Gaj, Kalmykia Republic, on August 6, 1940. The remarkable heat in Russia this year has not been limited just to the European portion of the country--the Asian portion of Russia also recorded its hottest temperature in history this year, a 42.3°C (108.1°F) reading at Belogorsk, near the Amur River border with China. The previous record for the Asian portion of Russia was 41.7°C (107.1°F) at nearby Aksha on July 21, 2004.

Sudan recorded its hottest temperature in its history on June 25 when the mercury rose to 49.6°C (121.3°F) at Dongola. The previous record was 49.5°C (121.1°F) set in July 1987 in Aba Hamed.

Niger tied its record for hottest day in history on June 22, 2010, when the temperature reached 47.1°C (116.8°F) at Bilma. That record stood for just one day, as Bilma broke the record again on June 23, when the mercury topped out at 48.2°C (118.8°F). The previous record was 47.1°C on May 24, 1998, also at Bilma.

Saudi Arabia had its hottest temperature ever on June 22, 2010, with a reading of 52.0°C (125.6°F) in Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia. The previous record was 51.7°C (125.1°F), at Abqaiq, date unknown. The record heat was accompanied by a sandstorm, which caused eight power plants to go offline, resulting in blackouts to several Saudi cities.

Chad had its hottest day in history on June 22, 2010, when the temperature reached 47.6°C (117.7°F) at Faya. The previous record was 47.4°C (117.3°F) at Faya on June 3 and June 9, 1961.

Kuwait recorded its hottest temperature in history on June 15 in Abdaly, according to the Kuwait Met office. The mercury hit 52.6°C (126.7°F). Kuwait's previous all-time hottest temperature was 51.9°C (125.4°F), on July 27,2007, at Abdaly. Temperatures reached 51°C (123.8°F) in the capital of Kuwait City on June 15, 2010.

Iraq had its hottest day in history on June 14, 2010, when the mercury hit 52.0°C (125.6°F) in Basra. Iraq's previous record was 51.7°C (125.1°F) set August 8, 1937, in Ash Shu'aybah.

Pakistan had its hottest temperature in history on May 26, when the mercury hit an astonishing 53.5°C (128.3°F) at the town of MohenjuDaro, according to the Pakistani Meteorological Department. While this temperature reading must be reviewed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for authenticity, not only is the 128.3°F reading the hottest temperature ever recorded in Pakistan, it is the hottest reliably measured temperature ever recorded on the continent of Asia.

Myanmar (Burma) had its hottest temperature in its recorded history on May 12, when the mercury hit 47°C (116.6°F) in Myinmu, according to the Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. Myanmar's previous hottest temperature was 45.8°C (114.4°F) at Minbu, Magwe division on May 9, 1998. According to Chris Burt, author of the authoritative weather records book Extreme Weather, the 47°C measured this year is the hottest temperature in Southeast Asia history.

Ascention Island (St. Helena, a U.K. Territory) had its hottest temperature in history on March 25, 2010, when the mercury hit 34.9°C (94.8°C) at Georgetown. The previous record was 34.0°C (93.2°F) at Georgetown in April 2003, exact day unknown.

The Solomon Islands had their hottest temperature in history on February 1, 2010, when the mercury hit 36.1°C (97°F) at Lata Nendo (Ndeni). The previous record for Solomon Islands was 35.6°C (96.0°F) at Honaiara, date unknown.

Columbia had its hottest temperature in history on January 24, 2010, when Puerto Salgar hit 42.3°C (108°F). The previous record was 42.0°C (107.6°F) at El Salto in March 1988 (exact day unknown).

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That is only because the Hippies are hoarding all the cold air in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Today's Highs/Lows

  • Concord 81° / 54°
  • Fairfield 81° / 54°
  • Fremont 77° / 54°
  • Hayward 67° / 56°
  • Livermore 86° / 54°
  • Mountain View 79° / 56°
  • Napa 81° / 52°
  • Oakland 70° / 56°
  • Redwood City 74° / 54°
  • San Francisco 61° / 54°
  • San Jose 79° / 56°
  • San Rafael 72° / 50°
  • Santa Cruz 74° / 49°

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cars run so hot yet i don't see the US changing zoning laws so dentists, MDs, accountants (other professional services), mini-grocery stores, and a host of other basic needs stores and services are located in neighborhoods. neighborhoods are built way outside town without any consideration for providing basic needs stores in the heighborhoods, but not the developers fought, gov'ts make zoning laws.

order of the day is the need to drive in many different directions to get basic needs met. foreign countries not dependent on the car can meet basic needs within their neighborhood.

county and city govt's don't give walking or biking a serious chance because of out of date zoning laws.

in so many ways, the US, while bitchhing about GW, i can see the US isn't serious about it.

is there any major federal gov't effort, serious and real, to convince CEOs to promote working from home? i doubt it.

solution in the US???? the "ELECTRIC" car! wow, plug it in and it uses coal.

turn some neighborhood houses into stores, dental offices, MD offices. let people work out of their homes legally so a bittchy neighbor isn't allowed to complain about traffic some homes get.

geez, so many ideas other than an "ELECTRIC" car and way easier to implement.




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We hit over 100 a couple of places here in florida.

Thank god it's raining now but the humidity is horrible.


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We've hit 100 several times as well and have been pretty well consistently into the 90s since early June with regular humidex (heat index) readings in the 100s. Today's was 103 and is currently 90, although the temperature itself is back into the 80s. We have the humidity but we don't have the rain which we really, really need. We are breaking temperature records daily as well, plus this has been one of the longest stretches of 90 plus days since - well, I don't even know when.

It is also interesting to note that while the Northern Hemisphere is experiencing record heat levels, some places in the Southern Hemisphere are experiencing record cold temperatures. The spectre of Global Warming - greater extremes and greater fluctuations in temperatures - sure seems to be raising its head these days.


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cars run so hot yet i don't see the US changing zoning laws so dentists, MDs, accountants (other professional services), mini-grocery stores, and a host of other basic needs stores and services are located in neighborhoods. neighborhoods are built way outside town without any consideration for providing basic needs stores in the heighborhoods, but not the developers fought, gov'ts make zoning laws.

This is why Houston TX rocks. There are no zoning bylaws. It comes up for vote every so often. But the people don't want them. The result is a nice variety of everything everywhere. Cheaper real estate too.

Russia had its hottest temperature in history on July 11, when the mercury rose to 44.0°C (111.2°F)..........Amazing that it can be hotter in Russia than Houston. Our all time record is 109°F, set in 2000. I suppose that is one of the benefits of high humidity. It keeps the temps from rising during the daytime. (and also keeps them from falling at night time) Florida has the same weather style.

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This is why Houston TX rocks. There are no zoning bylaws. It comes up for vote every so often. But the people don't want them. The result is a nice variety of everything everywhere. Cheaper real estate too.

california, the green heartland (supposedly), wants everything neat and orderly so everything is categorized and then boxed. it wouldn't get on my nerves so much if it wasn't for them spouting off about GW and going green.




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It's called weather. Sometimes it's hot, sometimes it's not.


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