CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - In the last few days we've hit tied the highest temperature ever recorded in Charlotte - twice - even before the month of July begins. And the new month isn't starting off much better.
Just remember that it can always be worse.
If you're looking for a getaway to beat the heat, there are a few areas you may want to avoid - places where 104° would be welcome! Think of the intense heat and drought in Texas. Several cities there spent 50 days or more with triple digit temperatures. Then there are the folks in other cities that would probably say, "50 days above 100°. Is that all?"
The hottest temperature ever recorded in the United States was, not surprisingly, in Death Valley, CA. This area hit 134° in 1913 due to its desert climate and the fact that its elevation is the lowest in the Western Hemisphere.
The hottest world temperature came from Libya in 1922, when El Azizia hit 136°.
On average the hottest place in the world is Dakol, Ethiopia. It's average temperature is 94°. That's not the average high, either! That's the average temperature spread out over the entire day for the entire year.
The warmest average temperature in the U.S. comes from Key West, averaging 78°. Charlotte's average annual temperature is 60°.
When you look at numbers like that, suddenly 104° doesn't sound so bad!