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Southern Hemisphere: Highest Temperature

Record Value 50.7°C (123°F)
Date of Record 2/1/1960
Length of Record 59 years
Instrumentation Maximum/Minimum Thermometer in Standard Stevenson Screen
Geospatial Location Oodnadatta, Australia [27°32'S, 135°26'E, elevation: 112m (367ft)]

References

US Environmental Science Services Administration, 1968)Society, 1974: Antarctic heat wave, Antarctic, 71, pp. 4;

Discussion

Although Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia recorded a temperature of 53.3°C (128°F) on 16/1/1889, it was made using a nonstandard temperature screen. Consequently, the Oodnadatta recording is the high temperature extreme.

Oodnadatta, Australia

Closeup Satellite Image of modern Oodnadatta, South Australia, Australia

Oodnadatta, Australia

Regional Satellite Image of modern Oodnadatta, South Australia, Australia