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Record Extreme Temperatures Worldwide - by Continent
Listed below is the extreme temperature records for each continent, including date of record, and elevation. Temperatures are quoted in Fahrenheit.

Also listed below are the annual highest precipitation by continent and lowest annual precipitation by continent. 

Extreme Highest Temperatures

Continent Highest
Temp.
F
Location Elevation
(Feet)
Date
Africa 136 El Azizia, Libya 367 Sep 13 1922
North America 134 Death Valley, CA (Greenland Ranch) -178 Jul 10 1913
Asia 129 Tirat Tsvi, Israel -722 Jun 22 1942
Australia 128 Cloncurry, Queensland 622 Jan 16 1889
Europe 122 Seville, Spain 26 Aug 4 1881
South America 120 Rivadavia, Argentina 676 Dec 11 1905
Oceania 108 Tuguegarao, Philippines 72 Apr 29 1912
Antarctica 59 Vanda Station, Scott Coast 49 Jan 5 1974

 

Extreme Lowest Temperatures

Continent Lowest
Temp
F
Location Elevation
(Feet)
Date
Antarctica -129 Vostok 11220 Jul 21 1983
Asia -90 Oimekon, Russia 2625 Feb 6 1933
Asia -90 Verkhoyansk, Russia 350 Feb 7 1892
Greenland -87 Northice 7687 Jan 9 1954
North America -81.4 Snag, Yukon, Canada 2120 Feb 3 1947
Europe -67 Ust'Shchugor, Russia 279 Jan 4 1954
South America -27 Sarmiento, Argentina 879 Jun 1 1907
Africa -11 Ifrane, Morocco 5364 Feb 11 1935
Australia -9.4 Charlotte Pass, NSW 5758 Jun 29 1994
Oceania 12 Mauna Kea Observatory ,HI 13,773 May 17 1979

 

 Highest Average Annual Precipitation Extremes

Continent Highest
Avg.
(Inches)
Location Elevation
(Feet)
Years
of
Record
South America 523.6 Lloro, Colombia 520 29
Asia 467.4 Mawsynram, India 4597 38
Oceania 460.0 Mt. Waialeale, Kauai, HI 5148 30
Africa 405.0 Debundscha, Cameroon 30 32
South America 354.0 Quibdo, Colombia 120 16
Australia 340.0 Bellenden Ker, Queensland 5102 9
North America 256.0 Henderson Lake, British Colombia 12 14
Europe 183.0 Crkvica, Bosnia-Hercegovina 3337 22

 

 Lowest Average Annual Precipitation Extremes

Continent Lowest
Avg.
(Inches)
Location Elevation
(Feet)
Years
of
Record
South America 0.03 Arica, Chile 95 59
Africa <0.1 Wadi Halfa, Sudan 410 39
Antarctica 0.8 Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station 9186 10
North America 1.2 Batagues, Mexico 16 14
Asia 1.8 Aden, Yemen 22 50
Australia 4.05 Mulka (Troudaninna), South Australia 160 42
Europe 6.4 Astrakhan, Russia 45 25
Oceania 8.93 Puako, Hawaii, HI 5 13

 

 

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