What is maximum temperature that can we have on earth on a single day?

I assume that after a certain limit, radiation and convection would start working strongly to have equilibrium of surroundings.

According to thermodynamics principles how high temp in theory can go before equalization process restrict any further increase?

Highest I found till now was 58 ℃ in Libya.

This is theoretical question lets say an Air mass stays over an area and sun radiation is also highest how hot it can get

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Is this a question about theory or practice? Please edit and make that clear (e.g. in the title). $\endgroup$ – Jan Doggen Apr 30 '16 at 8:34
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @JanDoggen Somebody edited the question yesterday to answer your query, but the editor was not the original author! Since the editor appeared to be guessing at the author's intent, I rejected the edit. $\endgroup$ – Semidiurnal Simon May 1 '16 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ ...and the edit is approved. @uncia are you the original author under a different name? If not, this edit should not have been approved as it was guessing at the author's intent. $\endgroup$ – Semidiurnal Simon May 2 '16 at 12:13
  • $\begingroup$ yep I am original author $\endgroup$ – uncia May 2 '16 at 12:21

Maximum temperature over what area? There are of course local hot spots at hydrothermal and volcanic centers which far exceed the generally excepted maximum recorded temperature, of 58 deg C in Libya (as you correctly state). Many other high temperature anomalous areas exist in areas where there are no met sites to record them. For example, in the Afar triangle depression in the horn of Africa, or in the foothills of the Jebel Akhdar in Oman. In the latter case the steep slopes of black harzburgite rock re-radiates high summer insolation to well into the 50s, but as far as I know, the maximum temperature has never been investigated. Then there is the time-scale. Global warming will almost certainly increase the maximum recorded temperatures over the coming decades and centuries.

On the geological time scale, the sun's radiance is very slowly increasing, so it is only a matter of time (billions of years) before the planet gets so hot that photosynthesis will cease - in which case whatever humanity evolves into will eventually fry.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.