Our Sun batters the Earth with an enormous amount of energy every day, portions of which provide our planet with the light and heat necessary to support precious life. When temperatures get intolerable, most of us turn to the luxuries that keep us cool, but what if these services weren’t available?
From the blistering heat of the Sahara Desert to the sweltering Death Valley, these are the highest recorded temperatures on Earth.
Many weather records are measured under specific conditions—such as surface temperature and wind speed—to keep consistency among measurements around the Earth.
The standard measuring conditions for temperature are in the air, 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) above the ground, and shielded from direct sunlight intensity (hence the term, x degrees “in the shade”).(wikipedia)